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He grabbed his back after trying to hit fairway metal into the par-5 15th green, though Sterne missed an 8-foot birdie putt to halve the hole. The match turned on the par-3 16th, when Sterne’s tee shot cleared the water, the green and nearly the sky boxes. He made bogey as Woods went 1-up.

Woods chipped to a foot for par on the 17th. On the final hole, Sterne left himself a 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th that never came close. Woods rolled his 30-foot attempt to tap-in range, and Sterne conceded.

Webb Simpson conceded the 18th hole from the fairway _ he was up against a tree _ to halve his match with Louis Oosthuizen. Still, it was the fifth straight time the Americans have won by at least three points, dating to the famous tie in South Africa.

The Internationals have only won this event once since it began in 1994, and that was 15 years ago in Australia.