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 Images
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.
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."