Presidents Cup 2013: Defining Moments of Final Day

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 7, 2013

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 06:  Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the Day Four Singles Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 6, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As the International team attempted to storm back against the United States on Sunday at the 2013 Presidents Cup, the one and only Tiger Woods iced the match, and the Americans finished with a 18.5-15.5 victory.

But Woods wasn't the only hero in singles play or foursome play for the United States on Sunday. 

A couple of well-known Americans joined forces to dispose of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, while another American sank a giant putt before emerging victorious in singles play.

Here's a look at the defining moments on the final day of the 2013 Presidents Cup.

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Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker Mount Furious Comeback

In one of the final foursome matches of the tournament, the team of Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker went out with a bang against Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, coming back from a 3-up disadvantage before winning 1-up.

Simpson entered Sunday's play down 3-up through 12 holes. But Snedeker's putt for par cut into the lead on No. 13 before the American duo won three of the next four holes. Snedeker's putt for par on the 18th cemented the victory for the pair.

It was a crippling blow for the Internationals as they attempted to do what the Europeans did to the Americans in the 2012 Ryder Cup.


Hunter Mahan Sinks Long Putt Before Defeating Hideki Matsuyama

Hunter Mahan's victory early in singles play didn't seem to mean that much at the time, considering the Americans entered singles play with a 14-8 advantage.

But the Internationals closed fast down the stretch, putting pressure on the Americans' lead. If it wasn't for Mahan's win over Hideki Matsuyama, who knows what could have happened?

Mahan's win was convincing. He was 3-up through the 10th hole and never allowed Matsuyama to get close from there.

It didn't hurt that the 31-year-old from California nailed a huge putt at No. 6 that is still being talked about.


Tiger Woods Clinches Win for Americans

With the Internationals threatening down the stretch, Tiger Woods made sure they wouldn't shock the Americans on Sunday.

Woods defeated Richard Sterne after Sterne finished with a bogey on No. 16, going on to a 1-up victory. It was a huge relief for the United States team, and it put to rest any talk of the 2013 Presidents Cup being a repeat of the 2012 Ryder Cup.

It was also fitting that Woods was the man to clinch it for the Americans in the Presidents Cup, as Jason Sobel of noted:

In all, Woods went 4-1 at the 2013 Presidents Cup, the best record of any American.


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