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November 20 2011

3:50 AM

Match 27: Mahan def. Day 5 and 3

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Hunter Mahan never trailed on Sunday as he beat Jason Day 5 and 3 to earn the first point for the U.S. Team. It was also the first point of a hard-fought afternoon.

Mahan sealed the victory with a 13-footer for birdie at the 15th hole. The win was his fourth in five matches  this week at the Presidents Cup.

The Americans now need four more points to win the Presidents Cup. When Mahan's match was over, the U.S. led in five other matches and the Internationals in six.

Mahan won the first hole with a par and never looked back -- building a 5-up advantage through eight holes. Day had a miserable front nine, shooting 44 with five bogeys and two double bogeys.

Day did manage to cut into Mahan's lead briefly on the back nine, first with a birdie at the 11th and again when Mahan double bogeyed the 13th. But the American went back to 4 up with an 18-footer for birdie at the 14th hole and the match was dormie.

The Singles result had to feel good for Mahan, who lost the 17th hole and the deciding match at the Ryder Cup in Wales last year.

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