US ease to Presidents glory
Cink victory seals another Cup win for US
Last Updated: 11/10/07 4:42pm
Nicklaus lifts the trophy
The United States wrapped up victory in the Presidents Cup by a convincing 19½ - 14½ scoreline with victory arriving when Stewart Cink beat Australian Nick O'Hern 6 and 4 in Sunday's singles matches.
It is the Americans fifth win in seven editions of the match and their first away from US soil.
Needing just three points to close out victory, Jack Nicklaus' team were given the prefect start by Phil Mickelson who produced some dazzling golf to comprehensively beat Vijay Singh 5&4.
Scott Verplank then overcame South African Rory Sabbatini 2&1 to take them to the brink of victory and, despite Ernie Els emerging victorious against Lucas Glover, the end came when Cink surged past O'Hern at Royal Montreal Golf Club in Canada to rack up an insurmountable 17½ - 8½ lead.
Left-hander O'Hern could not hole a 30-foot birdie attempt on 14 to keep the match alive and conceded his opponent's five-footer to end the match.
"I'm very happy to do it," a delighted Cink stated. "We came into this week with a little score to settle in the international golf arena and I think we showed everybody we can play again."
Although it was a day of disappointment for the Internationals, home favourite Mike Weir did give the Canadian galleries something to cheer as he pulled off a memorable victory over world number one Tiger Woods.
The left-hander found himself one down with two to play but sunk a clutch putt for birdie on 17 to keep his hopes of a win alive and then received a helping hand from Woods on the final hole as the American's drive found water.
In typical style Woods came within a whisker of rescuing par with a delightful chip, but with Weir having putt his approach to 15 feet conceded the match when his ball pulled up just short of the hole.
2003 Masters champion Weir ranked the win alongside his major success at Augusta, stating: "Winning the Masters was such a thrill. It's right there with it.
"Playing Tiger is such a thrill. I had to play my absolute best to beat him. To have this kind of support, it's overwhelming.
"I have a tough time putting into words what this really means to me, maybe even more special than the Masters."
Overall the Internationals edged the singles recording seven wins to their opponents' five - the first day they had outscored the US in this year's match.
Angel Cabrera overcame Woody Austin 2&1, while Adam Scott defeated reigning Masters champion Zach Johnson by the same score.
Geoff Ogilvy edged Steve Stricker by a single hole while Retief Goosen beat Jim Furyk 2&1.
But America added further successes with David Toms beating Trevor Immelman by two holes and Charles Howell III seeing off Stuart Appleby 2&1.
Despite the defeat, Internationals captain Gary Player was quick to praise his team, declaring: "Our guys can hold their head up high.
"Europe are beating America in the Ryder Cup like a drum. I just look at it and then I look at our team and I say we've got a much better team than Europe on paper. But that little ball doesn't know a damn thing about paper.
"America are beating us on the overall series. Golf is a game of contradictions. It's a puzzle without an answer and that's what makes it so great."
American captain Nicklaus added: "We've squeezed it out but the guys played well.
"Scott Verplank was my rock, winning four matches this week, and both Phil and Stewart played great. That's what we needed."