Bill Haas delivered the winning point to his team and to his father Sunday in a Presidents Cup that ended with a familiar result amid tension not felt in years.
The Americans won for the sixth straight time, 15½-14½, only this was one came down to the final match. And the emotion was never stronger — on both sides.
U.S. captain Jay Haas made his son one of two wild-card selections, and he put him out in the last of 12 singles matches at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea against the local star, Bae Sang-moon, playing in his final event before he starts his mandatory military service in South Korea.
Bae did everything he could to give the International team a chance by holing a 10-foot putt on the 16th to stay 1 down and nearly holing a bunker shot on the 17th for par to extend the match. Needing to win the par-5 18th to share the cup, Bae stubbed his chip short of the green. As the ball rolled back down the slope, Bae sank to his knees and covered his eyes as caddie Matt Minister consoled him. Haas blasted out of a bunker to 6 feet, and Bae conceded the birdie putt, giving Haas a 2-up victory.
The biggest putt belonged to Chris Kirk, who was all square with Anirban Lahiri of India, both just short of the 18th green. Kirk hit his pitch too hard and it went 15 feet by the cup, while Lahiri played his shot with perfect pace to 4 feet.
Kirk slammed his fist down when his putt took one last turn and dropped into the cup. It looked as if they would halve the match until Lahiri's birdie putt hit the right side of the cup and spun out.
Branden Grace joined Shigeki Maruyama (1998) as the only International player to go 5-0 by easily beating Matt Kuchar. Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson each completed unbeaten weeks for the Americans, and Adam Scott got his putter going in the shortest match of the day, 6 and 5, over Rickie Fowler.
Korda wins LPGA Malaysia title
Jessica Korda won the LPGA Malaysia for her fourth tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 in sweltering conditions for a four-stroke victory. Second-ranked Lydia Ko, No. 3 Stacy Lewis and 2014 winner Shanshan Feng tied for second.
Lehman takes SAS Challenge
Tom Lehman had an eagle and three birdies in the final four holes to win the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.
The 56-year-old former Alexandria resident birdied the par-4 15th and 16th, eagled the par-5 17th and birdied the par-4 18th for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory over Joe Durant.
Lehman finished at 12-under 204 at Prestonwood Country Club and earned $315,000 for his ninth victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry tied for third at 10 under.
Hamilton wins Russian GP
Lewis Hamilton took a huge step toward retaining his Formula One title by winning the Russian Grand Prix as his main rival Nico Rosberg failed to finish. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took second with Sergio Perez third for Force India.
AROUND THE HORN
Tennis: Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2 to win his sixth China Open title and improve his record at the tournament to a sterling 29-0. … French Open champion Stan Wawrinka defeated Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4 to win the Japan Open for his career-best fourth title of the season.
Running: Dickson Chumba broke away from a three-man pack in the 23rd mile and easily outdistanced the field for his first Chicago Marathon title. The 29-year-old Kenyan finished the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 25 seconds, while fellow Kenyan Sammy Kitwara was 25 seconds back. Florence Kiplagat won the women's race in an unofficial 2:23:33.
Rugby: Japan defeated the United States 28-18 in Rugby World Cup pool play. Neither team advanced.