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Mickelson and Angel Cabrera were the last match on the course, and it was comical at times. Mickelson hit one shot that ricocheted off a tree to the left, skipped out of the water and into the rough, and he pitched that to 5 feet and then missed the putt to lose the hole. On the final hole, Cabrera had 3 feet for par to win the match. Instead of conceding, Mickelson first knocked in his 5 foot bogey putt, and then conceded. All in good fun, which is how the day felt.
Woods found the green and two putted for par and a 1 up victory over Richard Sterne, the third straight time he has won the clinching point in the Presidents Cup. The Americans won for the fifth straight time and eighth time in 10 tries against an International side that showed some fight when it was too late to matter.
"There was no intensity. We played and enjoyed the day and the people here in Columbus," Mickelson said after four bogeys in the last five holes. "I thought it was going to be closed out early. On 12 or 13, they said, 'Your match is going to count.' What? We ended up winning. That's all that matters."
The Americans needed only one more point to win the Presidents Cup.
Zach Johnson closed out Branden Grace, 4 and 2, to give the Americans 17 points and assure them a tie. But it took more than an hour to get that last point.
The Americans, who finished strong Sunday morning in the rain delayed foursomes for a 14 8 lead, only needed to win four singles matches.
Americans picked up a win and a halve in matches they had trailed by three holes.
It took longer than anyone expected. captain. "You're nervous. Not for the players the players know what they're doing. But we knew we needed 18 points, and we got them. It was a very, very good match today. Nike Flyknit Racer Tumblr
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"They played golf that was incredible to watch," Price said. "But for this team, I would be honoured if they ever asked me to be captain of this team again. I don't care where it is."
DUBLIN, Ohio Fred Couples, the coolest guy in golf, never really looked that way until he stood on the edge of the 18th fairway Sunday and saw everything going his way.
Phil Mickelson hit one of many exquisite shots this week a 7 iron he had to hook with the ball slightly below his feet, around a tree to about 10 feet. Keegan Bradley had to make the birdie putt for a half point after DeLaet chipped in for birdie. Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel played the last six holes in 5 over par three bogeys and a ball out of bounds for double bogey in losing to Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker.
"We kept it very interesting today," Scott said. "We gave it a good shake."
"It was a tall order, but they gave it their best shot. These guys played their tails off," Price said. "We're a real hodge podge of a team that came together from four corners of the planet. And they gave the might of America a run for their money."
The final score United States 18 1/2, International 15 1/2 and whether the matches would beat the rain was really the only suspense on Sunday.
And there was Tiger Woods, who has a history of delivering the winning point, in the middle of the fairway at Muirfield Village, where he has won a record five times.
"People say it was close. Jack (Nicklaus) said it was close," International captain Nick Price said. "You tell me. We were behind the 8 ball all day. If we pulled it off, it would have been miraculous."
Since that famous tie in South Africa in 2003, the Americans have won by at least three points every time. Only one of them, in 2005, was close. International players talked about the importance of making a contest out of this exhibition, and only a 7 1/2 4 1/2win in singles made it feel that way at the end.
The Presidents Cup ended just the way it always does.
The closing ceremony was moved indoors because of approaching rain, and it led to an awkward moment as the International team watched the Americans pass around the gold trophy and pose for the Nike Flyknit Roshe Premium pictures before quietly filing out of the room.
"It was a team effort this whole week," said Woods, who went 4 1 for the best record of any player. "We really played well to give ourselves a nice lead."
Not that his team of seven rookies didn't give it a shot.
Rain interrupted the matches all week and made Muirfield Village so soft that it was mere target practice for the best players from every continent but Europe. It was a long, tiring week of leaving the course at darkness and completing matches the next morning when it was just as dark.
The International team's fleeting hopes ended when Woods, despite suffering back spasms again in the final hour of his match, didn't make a birdie on the back nine and still won. Sterne helped him by hitting his tee shot off the corporate tents behind the 16th green and making bogey.
And the matches were all close. At no given time was I a nervous wreck. But it was nice when Tiger two putted that last green to get the 18th point."
Graham DeLaet holed out for birdie for the second time Sunday on the 18th hole, this time from a bunker to beat 20 year old Jordan Spieth. Ernie Els found his putting touch and beat Steve Stricker. Marc Leishman rolled in a 15 foot par putt from the back fringe of the 18th green to beat Matt Kuchar. Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel won their matches.
"I did my pairings to try to win the cup," Price said.
The Americans might have won this Presidents Cup on Sunday morning.
Woods delivers clinching point in Presidents Cup
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