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In brief: Woods wins clincher for U.S.

Sun., Nov. 20, 2011

Golf: The American returned Down Under and wound up on top in the Presidents Cup at Melbourne, Australia.

Jim Furyk became the fourth player to win all five of his matches, and the bottom half of the lineup was strong enough to give the Americans their fourth straight win in this lopsided series.

Perhaps it was only fitting that Tiger Woods clinched the cup for the second straight time.

U.S. captain Fred Couples was criticized for using a pick on Woods, who had been out with an injury most of the summer and had not won since his personal life crumbled two years ago.

Woods played well all week, even if he didn’t always get rewarded with a point. In his singles match Sunday against Aaron Baddeley, he was never seriously challenged.

Woods closed out Baddeley, 4 and 3, and the celebration was on.

It was a small measure of revenge for the Americans, whose only lost came at Royal Melbourne in 1998.

And it was vindication for Couples, who said a month early that he was taking Woods because he was the “best player forever.”

Woods looked as if he was headed in that direction.

The Americans won, 19-15, the third consecutive time they have won by at least four points.

Associated Press

Athletes come back with gold

Paralympics: Chelsea McClammer of Team St. Luke’s from Spokane earned an event-best six medals at the recently completed ParaPan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

McClammer, 17, won gold medals in the 100-, 200-, 400-, 1,500- and 5,000-meter races.

The Spokane team’s Amberlynn Weber, 18, won four medals, including golds in the 200, 400 and 800.

Kristen Messer, 24, set a world record of 21.90 seconds in winning the 100.

Bob Hunt, 21, placed in four events, including fourth in the 100.


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