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Tiger Woods Gets Winning Point as U.S. Retains Presidents Cup

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Golfer Tiger Woods of the U.S. team hits his approach shot on the 17th hole during the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on October 6, 2013. Photographer: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods got the winning point as the U.S. claimed a fifth straight victory against a team of international players in golf’s Presidents Cup.

World No. 1 Woods beat Richard Sterne of South Africa by one hole to take the U.S. past the 17 1/2 points it needed for victory at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The host nation, which led 14-8 going into today’s 12 singles matches, won the biennial event by a score of 18 1/2 to 15 1/2.

The U.S. has an 8-1-1 record in the matches, which began in 1994 against players from countries outside Europe.

Play was suspended yesterday because of darkness with four foursome matches -- in which teammates alternate hitting shots with the same ball -- still on the course. Those matches concluded this morning, with the tee off times for the singles brought forward because of a threat of rain.

Jason Day got the first point of the day with a 6-and-4 demolition of Brandt Snedeker, meaning the Australian led by six holes with four left to play.

Hunter Mahan then defeated Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama 3-and-2 and Jason Dufner beat Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe 4-and-3 to make the match score 16-9 to the U.S.

Moments after Graham DeLaet of Canada defeated Jordan Spieth by one hole, Zach Johnson won 4-and-2 against South African Branden Grace to leave the U.S. needing another half point for victory.

Adam Scott of Australia made it 17-11 with a 2-and-1 victory against Bill Haas and Ernie Els of South Africa cut the deficit to five points with a one-hole victory over Steve Stricker.

Marc Leishman from Australia kept the match alive with a one-hole win against Matt Kuchar before Woods gave his team an insurmountable 18-14 lead with the final two matches still on the course. Woods took the lead for good when Sterne made a bogey at the par-3 16th hole.

Webb Simpson halved his match against Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa and Angel Cabrera of Argentina won the final two holes against Phil Mickelson to pull out a 1-up victory.

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