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‘It’s been an honour’ says Tiger Woods after Presidents win

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Melbourne: American professional golfer, Tiger Woods has secured 15 majors and a record 82 US PGA Tour events. But the Woods admitted on Sunday that winning the Presidents Cup is extra special and honouring.

After Hale Irwin in the inaugural Presidents Cup in 1994, Woods became the second playing-captain to lift the biennial matchplay trophy.

Tiger Woods the 43-year-old secured all three matches he played, apart from the Saturday fourballs and foursomes to focus entirely on his captaincy duties.

Tiger Woods competing in his ninth Presidents Cup, he said it was a moving and emotional moment when he perceived all the hard work had paid off as his team edged Ernie Els’ Internationals 16-14 at Royal Melbourne after an action-packed comeback.

“I’ve been a part of teams before where we have won. Also been a part of, unfortunately, this Presidents Cup when we lost 21 years ago,” he said, referring to the US team’s only defeat in 1998, also in Melbourne.

“So to come here and to do it in this fashion, to do it with this team, in particular, it was an honour for me as a player and even more of an honour to be their captain”.

“I’ve cried in pretty much every Cup we’ve won,” he added.

“I’ve been doing this a long time. Any time you have moments where you’re able to do something bigger than us as an individual is so much more meaningful and so much more special.”

Woods went out first on Sunday in the singles matches and once more conduct from the front, battling Mexican Abraham Ancer 3 and 2 as his team began to reel in the Internationals’ 10-8 overnight lead.

Tiger Woods defeated Phil Mickelson to become the most victorious Presidents Cup golfer in history with a 27-15-1 win-loss-tie record to his countryman’s 26-16-13.

Woods diverted all the attention from himself, insisting it was team effort notwithstanding his manoeuvres.

“We did it together. We came here as a team. My teammates and my boys all played well,” he said.

“The (vice) captains did an amazing job of just being there for every little detail,” he added, referring to Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker.

“I couldn’t have done it without all their help and all my boys. They did it.”

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