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November 20 2011

4:55 AM

Done deal: U.S. wins Presidents Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia – The United States continued its domination of The Presidents Cup, officially clinching the trophy for the seventh time in nine attempts.

Just as he did two years ago at Harding Park, Tiger Woods won the decisive match to give the American an insurmountable lead. Woods, a Captain’s Pick by Fred Couples, beat Australian Aaron Baddeley 4 and 3 to provide the necessary 18th point for the U.S.

“It does feel good,” said Woods, who was in the penultimate match of the day. “I was hoping it wouldn’t come down to my match.”

Two matches were still unfinished when the U.S. clinched the Cup.

By winning at Royal Melbourne, the U.S. avenges its only Presidents Cup, which came here in 1998 when the International team dominated the event, winning by nine points.

Since then, the U.S. has won every Presidents Cup except in 2003 when the event ended in a tie and the teams shared the Cup.

The Americans’ dominance in foursomes competition proved too much for the International to overcome. The U.S. won eight of 11 matches in foursomes, including a 4-1 advantage in the Day 3 morning session that made an International comeback near impossible.

The U.S. needed to win just five of 12 singles matches coming into Sunday while the Internationals had to win eight of 12.

The first four players that International Captain Greg Norman sent out all won their matches, but the home team could not carry the momentum through the rest of its lineup.

The Internationals will get their next shot at winning the Cup in 2013 on U.S. soil at Muirfield Village.

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