US skipper Couples hits back at Tiger doubters

The hug said it all yesterday as Tiger Woods yet again clinched another Presidents Cup victory for the United States. With the singles being shared 6-6, Greg Norman's International side were beaten 19-15 at Royal Melbourne and so have still won just one match since the event began in 1994.

Out of the woods: USA captain Fred Couples embraces Tiger Woods 
after winning the Presidents Cup in Melbourne yesterday. Pic/Getty

Captain Fred Couples greeted Woods like a long-lost friend after he had turned on the style to beat Aaron Baddeley 4&3 in the penultimate game. Couples came in a lot of criticism after handing the out-of-form Woods a wild card months before the match, even though it resulted in him leaving USPGA champion Keegan Bradley out of his side. It looked a shocking decision when Woods suffered a record 7&6 defeat in the opening foursomes and then lost his second and fourth games as well.

Fred Couples

But, helped by a putting tip from teammate Steve Stricker, the former No 1 was a quite brilliant five under par on a course so difficult Phil Mickelson did not even finish the first three holes en route to losing to Adam Scott. 
Couples said: "I feel like I know what I'm doing. There's a reason I picked Tiger early. I got frustrated a bit (by the attacks on his selection) because I felt I was picking the greatest player I've ever seen play. I heard he was the Tiger of old today and Aaron Baddeley said it was phenomenal."

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