Golf: Sore Tiger seals Cup win, still Jack's pick for 19 majors

Golf: Sore Tiger seals Cup win, still Jack's pick for 19 majors

COLUMBUS - Tiger Woods ignored an aching back at the end of a marathon golf weekend on Sunday to clinch a dramatic Presidents Cup victory for the United States over the Internationals.

The 14-time major champion scored the clinching point in an 18 1/2-15 1/2 triumph by edging South African Richard Sterne 1-up in singles at rain-soaked Muirfield Village, then said he has had enough of golf for a while.

"I'm a little bit sore and certainly I'm looking forward to not touching a club for a while," Woods said.

Sterne took a bogey at 16 to put Woods 1-up and the US star halved the last two holes to win, knowing that singles matches before the Cup is clinched go extra holes to decide a winner.

"I wasn't feeling my best coming down the stretch and happened to get a 1-up lead. I was just trying to hang onto that," Woods said.

"I knew I wasn't feeling good and if I happened to mess up 18 and we had to continue playing until it was decided - I was like, I really don't want to play any more, just can I win, can I halve this last hole, and it ended up being that way."

Heavy rain fell all four days of the event, playing havoc with the schedule and making the course a muddy slog for players while forcing Woods to play 31 holes over three matches Saturday and 27 holes on Sunday.

"It has been a long week for all of us," Woods said. "Our physios did a hell of a job this week of keeping us out there and keeping us going, especially with all the starts and stops and so many holes - I've never played three matches in a day before."

Woods is chasing the all-time record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, who hosted the Cup at the site where he hosts the US PGA Memorial tournament, an event Woods has won five times.

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