Freddie is so beloved by his teammates that Love got tears in his eyes on the 14th green when he heard about the upset. Dry-eyed, Davis drilled his birdie putt, helping the Presidents Cup's alltime points leader to a 4-and-3 win over O'Hern, which gave the U.S. its 17th point. With only two matches on the course the Americans now couldn't lose the Cup. The only question was whether they would spare us another tie.
Mickelson kept the suspense going, making a spectacular birdie on the 18th hole to square his match with Cabrera. Per a change in the rules, rather than settling for a halve, they proceeded to the 1st hole for sudden death, ceding the 18th to Appleby and DiMarco.
The match had been a doozy. DiMarco topped Appleby's birdies on the 14th and 15th holes but went 1 down when Appleby threw another bird at him on 16. DiMarco then drew even with a gutsy par on 17.
Appleby is the golf pro from central casting--tall, square-jawed, with a gorgeous swing that makes the game look almost too easy. But the difference between him and a fearless player like DiMarco could be found in their birdie tries on the 18th hole. With a chance at everlasting glory, Appleby couldn't make his putt. DiMarco, inspired by his captain and his kids, couldn't miss.
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