DUBLIN, Ohio – The Presidents Cup ended Sunday the same way it always goes – an American celebration after Tiger Woods delivered the winning point.
Woods' back flared up on him again in the final hour at Muirfield Village. He still managed to hang on to beat Richard Sterne, 1 up, to give the Americans the 18 points they needed to win the Presidents Cup for the fifth straight time.
It was the third straight Presidents Cup that Woods won the cup-clinching match – all three with Fred Couples as the captain.
"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."
The biggest surprise was not so much the outcome – United States 18 1/2, International 15 1/2 – but that the matches ended without going to Monday.
Sunday singles results:
Ernie Els, INT, def. Steve Stricker, USA, 1 up
Hunter Mahan, USA, def. Hideki Matsuyama, INT, 3&2
Jason Dufner, USA, def. Brendon de Jonge, INT, 4&3
Jason Day, INT, def. Brandt Snedeker, USA, 6&4
Graham DeLaet, INT, def. Jordan Spieth, USA, 1 up
Adam Scott, INT, def. Bill Haas, USA, 2&1
Zach Johnson, USA, def. Branden Grace, INT, 4&2
Marc Leishman, INT, def. Matt Kuchar, USA, 1 up
Tiger Woods, USA, def. Richard Sterne, INT, 1 up
Charl Schwartzel, INT, def. Keegan Bradley, USA, 2&1
Webb Simpson, USA, vs. Louis Oosthuizen, INT, halved
Angel Cabrera, INT, def. Phil Mickelson, USA, 1 up
International 7 1/2, United States, 4 1/2
TOTAL: United States 18 1/2, International 15 1/2