MONTREAL, Canada -- The United States pulled off their first President's Cup victory away from home when they defeated the Internationals by 19½ to 14½ at Royal Montreal but the Canadian fans were able to cheer Mike Weir's one-up triumph over Tiger Woods.
Weir's victory over Woods was a highlight for the Canadian fans.
The Internationals also had the satisfaction of outscoring the Americans for the first time in the singles, by 7-5.
After their recent poor run in the Ryder Cup contests against Europe, the U.S. team was heartened by the victory.
Stewart Cink, who clinched his team's triumph when he beat Australian Nick O'Hern six and four, said: "We came into this week with a little score to settle in the international golf arena and I think we showed everybody that we can play again."
Phil Mickelson, whose record was 0-3-3 in his previous Cup singles, lost the first hole against Vijay Singh but won four of the next six and completed a five and four triumph.
Scott Verplank , who won all his matches during the week, beat South African Rory Sabbatini two and one and was singled out for praise by team captain Jack Nicklaus.
"Scott Verplank was my rock," he said.
Verplank ended his match with two birdies and now has an impressive record of 10 wins in 14 matches in President's and Ryder Cup encounters.
"I just love playing team golf," he said. "I have a pretty good record because I enjoy it so much."
Weir said that beating Woods ranked alongside his 2003 U.S. Masters triumph.
"Winning the Masters was such a thrill but this is right there with it. I had to play my absolute best to beat him," Weir said.
"To have this kind of support, it's overwhelming. I have a tough time putting into words what this really means to me, maybe even more special than the Masters."
Woods won four our of five holes to go one up at the 15th but Weir battled back with a birdie at 17 and completed his victory when Woods drove into water at the last.
American Chad Campbell claimed his first victory of the PGA Tour season on Sunday, shooting a three-under 69 to win the Viking Classic by one stroke.
Campbell, who pocketed $630,000, returned 13-under 275 at the Annandale Golf Club. E-mail to a friend
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