Tiger Woods tees off on the first hole to start his singles match against Richard Sterne at the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
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DUBLIN, Ohio -- World No. 1 Tiger Woods clinched outright victory Sunday for the Americans in the weather-plagued Presidents Cup at soggy Muirfield Village Golf Club, his victory against Richard Sterne coming on the 18th hole.
Woods struggled over the final four holes with an aggravated back problem that acted up on the 15th hole. He gained a 1-up lead with a par on 16 and held on for the win, giving the USA 18 points.
"It feels good," Woods said of the win. "It was a team effort this whole week."
It was the third consecutive Presidents Cup that Woods has has clinched victory.
Zach Johnson clinched at least retention of the Cup for the Americans when his 4-and-2 victory over Branden Grace gave the Americans 17 points.
The USA has won the last five matches and leads the series, 8-1-1.
"If someone wants me to be an assistant, I'd love to help out, but a three-peat as captain is good enough for me," said U.S. captain Fred Couples, who led the USA to three consecutive wins.
This Presidents Cup, which stood at 6½-5½ in favor of the Americans after two sessions of play, turned into a rout Sunday morning. The USA turned around two matches and polished off a 3½-1½ beating in the weather-delayed fourth session, and took a 14-8 lead into singles action.
The Internationals made a spirited comeback in singles, winning five of the first seven matches.
Every American earned at least two points.
The Internationals will look to turn things around in 2015 when the series resumes in 2015 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea.