Weir the champion

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

MONTREAL -- It might have been a bittersweet day for Mike Weir, but Canadian golf fans got what they wanted.

In the biggest win by a Canadian on his own turf, Weir upset world No. 1 Tiger Woods in singles play at the seventh Presidents Cup.

But not even Weir's inspirational 1-up victory was enough as the Americans, who needed only three wins in 12 matches yesterday, won the Cup for the fifth time in seven tries, 19O-14O.

"It's mixed emotions, for sure," said Weir, who had the crowd at Royal Montreal Golf Club going wild as he rallied to win the last two holes to come from behind to beat Woods.

"We didn't win. Our team didn't win. I won a point, but it's only one point. It's a great win for me, but I definitely have mixed emotions, this being the fourth Cup team that I've been on and we haven't been able to pull it out."

The Internationals won seven of the 12 singles matches yesterday, but were undone by their embarrassingly bad performance in the foursomes (alternate shot) format.

They managed just one half in 10 foursomes matches during the week and that is where they lost the Cup.

The loss hung heavy on Vijay Singh, who has played every match for the Internationals.

"I've got more of these than anybody else up here," he said, touching the runner-up medal. "I suggested Tuesdays from now on, we should play foursomes in practice rounds on Tour to get used to what we are doing. We had a great team on paper, but we just didn't have it in the foursomes. I don't know why."

NICKLAUS EMOTIONAL

American captain Jack Nicklaus was emotional in victory, his first in Canada (he had seven second-place finishes in the Canadian Open, a record).

"Well, I'm getting to be a sentimental old fool, but that's okay," said Nicklaus. "They got the job done and they're a great bunch of guys, every single one of them. I couldn't be more proud of 12 guys."

With the outcome yesterday pretty much a foregone conclusion, all the attention was on the much-anticipated Weir-Woods matchup.

Weir looked in form as he ripped his first drive down the middle and was 3-up after 11 holes. He birdied the second, Woods bogeyed the fourth and Woods wound up conceding the sixth after he drove out of bounds.

But Weir missed a nine-foot putt for birdie on 10 and that opened the door a crack for Woods.

He hit his approach to eight inches for a birdie on 11 and made birdie on the par-5 12th to cut Weir's lead to one hole.

The match was square after Weir bogeyed the short, par-4 14th when Woods got up and down for par and Weir didn't.

Weir found the green-side water on 15 and managed to hit his ball out and over the green. When his chip for par failed, he conceded the hole.

But he staged a remarkable rally, birdieing the 17th hole and winning the match when Woods drove in the water on 18.

The win capped a great week for Weir, if not the Internatonals.

"For the pressure that he had all week, it was pretty phenomenal how he had to deal with that and the way he played," said an admiring Woods. "Not a lot of people could have dealt with the things he had to deal with all week, the expectations, the pressure, the questioning whether or not he should be picked to the team.

"The way he came out and played this week and represented Canada was impressive."


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