Not only did Tiger Woods clinch the win for the United States at the 2013 Presidents Cup, but he did so while battling through back pain over the last five holes. The U.S. team started the day with a large lead over the International squad, but what looked to be an easy victory became more stressful when the International team mounted its comeback.
Woods spoke about the emotions of the last few hole afterwards:
I was at a point where I wasn’t feeling my best coming down the stretch, and happened to get a one‑up lead.
I was just trying to hang on to that. Problem was, I knew I wasn’t feeling good, and if I happened to mess up 18 we had to continue playing until it was decided. I really don’t want to play anymore. I just thought – can I win, can I halve this last hole, somehow? And it ended up being that way.
To have the opportunity to win the Cup for Freddie and all the guys on the team, it means a lot to me, and to be able to have trust in the guys and be able to go out there and earn a point, it means a lot (Reuters).
The win marks the eighth time the U.S. has been victorious at the Presidents Cup. The International team has one win, and there was a tie back in 2007.