Presidents Cup 2013 Results: Breaking Down Big Win for United States

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2013

DUBLIN, OH - OCTOBER 06:  Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team (R) shakes hands with Richard Sterne of South Africa and the International Team on the 18th green after Woods 1up victory won the Cup for the U.S.Team during the Day Four Singles Matches at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on October 6, 2013  in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Heading into Sunday's singles matches, the United States needed just 3.5 points to secure victory at the 2013 Presidents Cup. 

Though it wasn't easy, the American team did just enough to win 18.5 to 15.5.

Tiger Woods sealed the deal with a 1-up win over Richard Sterne to give the Americans their fifth straight Presidents Cup victory, as noted by the Associated Press:

It was the third time in row Woods was the man to put the final nail in the International team's coffin too, as noted by the PGA Tour:

With his win, Woods ensured there would be no collapse to match that of last year's Ryder Cup team. That said, the International team put up a fierce fight, winning seven of the 12 matches and winning the final session by three points, as noted by the Golf Channel:

USA was bombarded early, as the Internationals won four of the first six matches of the day. 

Jason Day came out and played like his hair was on fire, beating Brandt Snedeker by the gaudy score of 6 and 4. Though he and Snedeker were the fourth match to start on Sunday, Day's swift work gave the International team the first point of the day. 

In a battle between two of the most respected veterans on tour, Ernie Els outlasted Steve Stricker to win 1-up, and Canadian Graham DeLaet did the same to rookie Jordan Spieth, giving the International team three quick points to open up the day. 

But Hunter Mahan and Jason Dufner quickly righted the ship for the Americans.

Mahan got on the board first with a 3-and-2 victory over Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama. 

After Dufner's 4-and-3 win over Brendon de Jonge—an unheralded captain's pick who played extremely well over the course of the weekend—the United States needed just two more points to secure the cup, as noted by The Presidents Cup on Twitter:

Zach Johnson earned one for the United States, beating Branden Grace 4 and 2, but Matt Kuchar couldn't finish the job against Marc Leishman.

Finally, it all came down to Tiger, who was battling Richard Sterne hard all afternoon long. 

Sterne was the first to score, taking No. 7 from Woods with a birdie, while Tiger bogeyed the hole. But Woods took the match over on the back nine, winning three holes to Sterne's one. He finished off the tournament by making par on the final hole. 

Oct 6, 2013; Dublin, OH, USA; Tiger Woods celebrates with his caddie Joe LaCava after winning his match to win the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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As noted by ESPN's Justin Ray, the Americans have dominated this event since its inception in 1994:

The International team will now have to wait until 2015 to exact its revenge, when the world's best golfers will convene at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.

 

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