US wins 2013 Presidents Cup

The United States improves to 7-1-1 in Presidents Cup history, and achieves its fifth consecutive victory.
The United States improves to 8-1-1 in Presidents Cup history, and achieves its fifth consecutive victory. (USATSI)

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The US Team needed only four points (of 12) in the singles matches and they got them on the ninth match of the day on Sunday (and eventually got another half for a final of 18.5 to 15.5). 

Hunter Mahan got things started with a 3 and 2 win over Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Dufner closed Brendon de Jonge 4 and 3 to get the US within two points of the Cup.

Then Zach Johnson leaned on Branden Grace to the tune of a 4 and 2 win and the US Team assured itself of a tie. 

The only question was who would finish it off.

Matt Kuchar couldn't do it, neither could Bill Haas, Jordan Spieth, or Steve Stricker. So the Americans put their fate in the hands of the man you likely want your fate in: Tiger Woods.

Woods didn't trail on the back nine and just parred Richard Sterne to defeat, finally finishing him off with a four on the par-4 18th hole at the end.

It's the third straight time Woods has clinched the Presidents Cup for the US Team.

After the match Tiger Woods told Steve Sands of Golf Channel he was really excited about the win.

"We gave ourselves a really nice lead going into the singles. It was a tough day. It feels good."

The drama was not Ryder Cup-like as the team matches on Thursday and Friday offered much more excitement than anything on Saturday and Sunday.

But the end was briefly exciting as the International Team at least made US Team captain Fred Couples think about it for a little bit.

After the Cup was over Couples said he would not be back in 2015 as captain. "A three-peat is good enough for me."

And for the US, it was its eighth win in 10 tries at this event.

Now we'll see if they can do it against a much tougher European squad next October.

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