Presidents Cup 2013 Scores: Highlighting Event's Most Impressive Golfers

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Presidents Cup 2013 Scores: Highlighting Event's Most Impressive Golfers
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Team USA opened up a big lead heading into the 12 singles matches of the Presidents Cup and then narrowly held on for an 18.5 to 15.5 win. 

It was an impressive comeback for the International team in singles play, but the Americans were able to hold them off. Given the Americans' collapse at last year's Ryder Cup, that was impressive in itself. 

I'm going to focus on the individual players here, though. First, feel free to check out the results from Sunday's singles play below or the full results at PresidentsCup.com

Results of Sunday's Singles Matches
USA International Result
Steve Stricker Ernie Els Els, 1-up
Hunter Mahan Hideki Matsuyama Mahan, 3 and 2
Jason Dufner Brendon de Jonge Dufner, 4 and 3
Brandt Snedeker Jason Day Day, 6 and 4
Jordan Spieth Graham DeLaet DeLaet, 1-up
Bill Haas Adam Scott Scott, 2 and 1
Zach Johnson Branden Grace Johnson, 4 and 2
Matt Kuchar Marc Leishman Leishman, 1-up
Tiger Woods Richard Sterne Woods, 1-up
Keegan Bradley Charl Schwartzel Schwartzel, 2 and 1
Webb Simpson Louis Oosthuizen Halved
Phil Mickelson Angel Cabrera Cabrera, 1-up

 All stats via PGATour.com.

 

Tiger Woods 

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A year ago, Woods entered the Ryder Cup having been displaced from his spot as the world's No. 1 golfer. He then failed to pick up a single point for the event.

He also had a painful seat for the collapse, as he stood on the 18th fairway when the Europeans clinched the cup on the green in front of him.

Things were a little different this year, as he entered the event as world No. 1 once again.

This time, he was able to slam the door shut. He scored the clinching point in match play, and he did so with an aching back. 

In all, Woods was fantastic. He won four of his five matches and set the tone for his team. He came up in big moments and drilled shots that built momentum. He played with fire and intensity, which pushed him to great play. 

We'll see if that leads to a major title next year. 

 

Zach Johnson

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Zach Johnson teamed up with Jason Dufner to go 2-1 in partner play. He then coasted to a 4-and-2 win over Branden Grace in Sunday's singles play. 

Johnson rose to the challenge of match play in this intense environment, and he owned it. Check out this approach from Saturday's foursome play:

That is the kind of shot that will break an opponent's back in match play, and Johnson proved to be a great competitor. Although he's not the most powerful player, he has always had the ability to make shots—he just hasn't always done so consistently. 

This was a nice cap to his year. He started off in miserable form but found his game around the start of summer and had a strong finish to the year. 

 

Webb Simpson

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Webb Simpson helped the Americans pick up some big points. He and Bill Haas teamed up on the first day against one of the International's teams best pairings in Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama. 

In Saturday's foursome play, he and Brandt Snedeker teamed up to beat Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel—another International power duo. He then went head-to-head with Oosthuizen in singles play and halved the match. In all, he lost just one match at this Presidents Cup. 

When Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open, this was the kind of golf it seemed he would turn in consistently. However, he hasn't won a PGA event since, and he had just five top-five finishes in his 25 events this year.

At this Presidents Cup, he proved he still has the game to be one of the sport's major players. 

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