Incheon - The United States on Sunday won their sixth Presidents Cup in a row
by edging out the International team 15.5-14.5 in a day of high drama
Bill Haas brought tears to the eyes of his father, US
captain Jay Haas, when he closed out the slender victory on the 18th
hole of a nail-biting final singles match, beating hometown hero Bae
Sang-Moon at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea.
back his emotions, Haas senior said: "Yeah, I don't know if I'm going
to get through this. I can't," and then burst into tears, his voice
"Before Bill played 17, and I said, 'Come on, Bill, win one for your mom here. Your mom deserves this'."
was heartbreak for Bae and the huge home galleries watching as he
fluffed a chip from short of the green attempting to win the hole and
square the match, which would have given the Internationals a 15-15 tie
and a share of the cup for only the second time.
Haas was in the
greenside sand but safely escaped to six feet, and when Bae could not
hole his fourth he conceded the match to the American.
It was a dramatic denouement to a see-saw day in which the US at one point had looked firmly in the driving seat.
through the final 12 singles the US led in eight matches and were all
square in two others needing just six points to secure the golden trophy
for the ninth time in the event's 11th edition.
Slowly but surely
the Internationals reeled in their opponents to set up a nail-biting
finish that had seemed highly unlikely when the US had raced to a 4-1
lead after Thursday's foursomes.
Results on Sunday from the Presidents Cup singles at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea (International team first):
International team 14.5 United States team 15.5
Louis Oosthuizen halved with Patrick Reed
Adam Scott beat Rickie Fowler 6 and 5
Danny Lee lost to Dustin Johnson 2 and 1
Hideki Matsuyama beat J.B. Holmes by 1 hole
Thongchai Jaidee halved with Bubba Watson
Steven Bowditch beat Jimmy Walker by two holes
Charl Schwartzel lost to Phil Mickelson 5 and 4
Anirban Lahiri lost to Chris Kirk by 1 hole
Marc Leishman beat Jordan Spieth by 1 hole
Jason Day lost to Zach Johnson 3 and 2
Branden Grace beat Matt Kuchar 2 and 1
Bae Sang-Moon lost to Bill Haas by 2 holes