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Presidents Cup Golf Ends in 1st Ever Draw - 2003-11-23

Despite three sudden death playoff holes, the Presidents Cup golf competition in George, South Africa has ended in a draw for the first time ever.

The teams from the United States and the Rest of the World except Europe ended their 34 matches tied at 17-17 on Sunday. Tiger Woods of the United States and Ernie Els of South Africa played three sudden death holes with darkness falling, before the two teams agreed to share the title in the fifth version of the Ryder Cup-style event.

The Americans rallied from a three-point deficit and had a chance to win the Cup when Davis Love the third took a one-up lead to the 18th green against Robert Allenby of Australia. But Love muffed his chip attempt and ended up with a bogey on the final hole, allowing Allenby to halve the hole and force the playoff.

Captains Jack Nicklaus of the United States and Gary Player for the International Team selected Woods and Els for the first playoff of its kind. The two matched each other par for par at the 18th hole. Both men then parred the first and second holes and remained tied as darkness fell on the Links Course at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate.