United States Avoids An International Incident

DUBLIN, OHIO | For three-and-a-half days, the Presidents Cup, as dismal among the participants as it was gloomy on the course, mucked its way through what seemed like a month of rain delays. When a weary International captain Nick Price declared Saturday night, “It’s not over,” most people thought he was doing little more than channeling his inner Crenshaw. By the time the 12 singles matches started Sunday morning, everyone thought the competition was, in every aspect, fully done. However, as a certain college football analyst likes to say, “Not so fast, my friend.” The U.S. won the Presidents Cup for the eighth time, 18 1⁄2-15 1⁄2, despite getting a scare in the final five matches. It took Tiger Woods and his tender back to take the clinching point for the Americans, the third consecutive time he has done so in this competition. “I wasn’t feeling my best,” Woods said of his 1-up victory against Richard Sterne. “I got a 1-up lead (at the 16th) and I wanted to hang onto it. I thought that if I had messed up the 18th, we’d have to play extra holes and I really didn’t want to play anymore.” Despite the last-ditch drama, the U.S. now has eight victories and a tie in 10 matches and it’s left to wonder if Adam Scott was right after all when he declared that if the International
team doesn’t start winning, this event is about to lose its relevance.


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