American Bill Haas denied the huge gallery at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon City a wild celebration after holding off young South Korean Sangmoon Bae to secure another Presidents Cup for the USA.
Bae, who will now put his professional golf career on hold to do his mandatory two years national service, kept the Cup alive until the last hole, before slumping to his knees with embarrassment after fluffing a chip shot in front of 20,000 hopeful fans.
Haas came out of the greenside bunker to make par and give the Americans, coached by his father Bill, a 15.5 to 14.-5 point victory, its ninth in the 11-year history of the tournament.
A tearful Haas senior (pictured) said after the win he had told his son Bill when he was playing the 17th hole to, "win one for your mum, she deserves it."
With the Internationals starting the final day one point behind, Australian players won three of their four singles matches to put the team within touching distance of a major upset.
Adam Scott had the biggest win of the day, burning Ricky Fowler 6& 5, fellow Queenslander Steven Bowditch took down Jimmy Walker 2 up, and Warrnambool's Marc Leishman pulled off the upset of the week, knocking over world No.1 Jordan Spieth one up.
The fourth Aussie in the International team, world No.2 Jason Day, staged a mini comeback, coming from five down at one stage before losing his singles match 3 & 2 to British Open champion Zach Johnson.
Internationals captain Nick Price said his team had recovered well after being down 4-1 following the foursomes on day one to give themselves a shot at an unlikely victory.
"A few shots, a little inexperience on our side may have been the difference," Price said.
"I'm very proud of getting eight countries together to bond like this."
The tournament will be played in New York in 2017 before returning to Australia in 2019.
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