Top 10 Presidents Cup Moments
10. Melbourne, Australia, 1998. In front of a raucous home crowd, Greg Norman was two shots down to Tiger Woods when they arrived at the 17th tee. Norman, the former No. 1 player in the world, proceeded to blow a drive 25 yards past Woods, then stiffed his approach to five feet and made the putt for birdie, cutting the lead to one and forcing another hole. Woods won, but it was great theater and a visceral passing of the torch.
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2. Fancourt, South Africa, 2003. With Woods in for par, the pressure fell on Els, who was playing in his home country. He would later say it was the only time his legs ever felt wobbly on a golf course. Regardless, Els drained the putt to maintain the tie.
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3. Fancourt, South Africa, 2003. After the Cup ended in a tie, Woods and Ernie Els entered a one-on-one, sudden-death playoff to decide the whole thing. After pars on the first two holes, both faced par putts on the third. Woods had 15 feet, Els eight feet. With daylight quickly fading, Woods drained his putt.
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5. Robert Trent Jones G.C., Prince William County, Virginia, 1996. With the teams tied, Couples and Singh played the last match of the event, reaching the 17th hole with Couples 1-up. Both players were on the green in two, leaving birdie putts; Couples from 30 feet, Singh from 15 feet. Ever cool, Couples stepped up and nailed his, shifting the pressure to Singh, who missed.
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6. Robert Trent Jones G.C., Prince William County, Virginia, 2000. For a singles match against Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh's caddie Paul Tesori showed up wearing a hat with "Tiger Who?" stitched across the back. Unamused, Woods won 2 and 1, and the incident became a cornerstone in the building tension between the two players.
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7. Robert Trent Jones G.C., Prince William County, Virginia, 1994. With the U.S. team comfortably in front, Fred Couples put the cherry on top, hitting his approach on the 18th hole to two feet and making the putt to beat Nick Price 1-up.
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4. Robert Trent Jones G.C., Prince William County, Virginia, 2005. This time it was Chris DiMarco and Stuart Appleby in the final match with the outcome in doubt. On the final hole, DiMarco dropped a 15-footer to win the match 1-up, and he clinched the victory for the U.S.
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8. Melbourne, Australia, 1998. After getting drubbed in the first two Presidents Cups, the International team burst out of the gate to grab a 3 1/2-1 1/2 lead in the foursomes and never looked back. As captain Peter Thompson put it: "Our victory was enormous for Australian golf. We came to believe it was possible for us to beat an American team, even on American soil."
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9. Fancourt, South Africa, 2003. Nick Price and Kenny Perry reached the 18th green all square, but Price had a five-footer for birdie. The normally placid Price missed the putt and was so upset with himself he snapped his putter over his knee.
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1. Fancourt, South Africa, 2003. After Els's putt, it became clear there wasn't enough light to continue. All the players had plans to fly out the next day, not come back and play more golf. Captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player agreed in the name of sportsmanship to call it a draw and share the Cup. It was a bitter pill for many, who thought the captains took the easy way out, but either way it was an indelible moment that helped forge an identity and put the Presidents Cup on the map.
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