Deadlocked teams share Presidents Cup

Nov. 23, 2003 at 8:11 PM

GEORGE, South Africa, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The Presidents Cup matches ended in a tie by mutual agreement Sunday after the two sides failed to settle the issue on the golf course.

Deadlocked after 34 matches and three playoff holes -- between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els -- play was stopped because of darkness. After discussions involving players and team captains, it was decided to share the cup.

"We both felt like both teams have played too well to lose this match," said Jack Nicklaus, the United States captain. "We really had two winners out here."

"The way the week has gone, it's the right decision for the game of golf," Woods said.

The U.S. team rallied from a three-point deficit on the final day. Davis Love had a chance to win the cup for the Americans on the final hole, but he bogied and halved his match with Robert Allenby of Australia. That forced a playoff between Woods and Els. Both made key puts to keep their match even until they were forced to quit by darkness.

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