U.S. rallies to win World Cup of Golf|
Haikou, China (Sports Network) - Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland combined to
shoot five-under 67 on Sunday to give the United States the title at the World
Cup of Golf.
They ended two strokes clear of the field at 24-under-par 264.
Kuchar, who was coming off a 1-3-1 week at the Presidents Cup, and Woodland
were both playing this tournament for the first time. They were the first
United States duo to win this title since 2000.
"For Gary and I to team up and win World Cup of Golf is great," said Kuchar in
a television interview. "I think Gary was the best individual player in the
field this week."
England's Ian Poulter and Justin Rose fired a nine-under 63 for the low round
of the day. That helped them grab a share of second place at 22-under-par 266.
Germany's Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka posted a three-under 69 to share second
Australia's Richard Green and Brendon Jones, who had at least a piece of the
lead after the first two rounds, also shot 69 on Sunday to finish tied for
fourth at minus-21 at Mission Hills Golf Club.
They were joined there by Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland. Graeme McDowell
and Rory McIlroy led entering the final round, but managed just an even-par 72
for Ireland. Robert-Jan Derksen and Joost Luiten shot 68 for Netherlands,
while Stephen Gallacher and Martin Laird fired a 66 for Scotland.
The teams played foursomes in the final round as they also did in round two.
The first and third rounds were played as fourballs.
After a birdie on the first, Kuchar rolled in a birdie putt at the second to
give the Americans their first lead.
"Kuch's up and down on the last hole yesterday gave us a lot of momentum, and
that carried into today as we birdied the first two holes," Woodland said in a
They parred the next three holes and were joined in the lead by Ireland and
Australia. After Ireland birdied the fifth to move to 22-under, the U.S.
birdied No. 6 to join them there.
Kuchar drained a 12-footer for birdie on the seventh to give the U.S. the lead
once again. They remained alone atop the leaderboard the rest of the way.
After tripping to a bogey on No. 11, the U.S. still held a one-stroke lead.
Woodland hit a nice bunker shot inside three feet at 12 and Kuchar knocked
that putt in for birdie.
On the 13th, Woodland poured in a birdie effort from about 25 feet out to move
the Americans to 24-under. They parred the final five holes, which was enough
for the two-stroke win.
Ireland fell off the pace with bogeys at 12 and 15.
England's stellar round got going with four birdies in a five-hole stretch
from the second. After birdies on 11 and 12, they dropped a stroke on the
14th. However, England bounced back with a birdie on 15, and eagle at the
driveable 16th and a birdie at the last to share second.
Germany had a steady round with three birdies and 15 pars to end alongside
NOTES: Tiger Woods and David Duval were the last U.S. team to win this
crown...Francesco and Edoardo Molinari, the 2009 champions from Italy, carded
a two-over 74 Sunday to end in alone in 17th at minus-14.
11/27 03:47:31 ET