US ends drought with World Cup victory
Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States’ 11-year
drought in golf’s World Cup by shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to
win by two strokes.
The American pair fired six birdies in the alternate-shot final
round at Mission Hills Blackstone course to finish on 24-under 264
overall, notching the 24th U.S. win in the history of the
English pair Ian Poulter and Justin Rose had the final day’s
best round with a 63 to tie for second at 22-under with Germany’s
Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka (69).
Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell led by two strokes
going into the final round but could only manage an even-par 72 to
finish joint fourth with Australia, the Netherlands and
The American victory was the first since Tiger Woods and David
Duval claimed the title eleven years ago. The event was annual up
to 2009, and this year’s tournament was the first in the new
”We really clicked. It’s fantastic to win for the U.S.,” said
The U.S. duo built a two point lead over Germany from the
halfway stage and after a rare slip with a bogey at the par-3 11th,
the Americans responded with birdies on the next two holes and then
pars the rest of the way to claim victory.
”Undoubtedly the shots on the 12 and 13th were key. It was a
great moment and to shoot a par when you expected a bogey,” said
England seemed well out of contention heading into the final day
eight shots off the lead, but soared into contention. However they
needed more than one of the leading teams to falter. Instead it was
only Ireland which came back to the field.
World No. 2 McIlroy was well below his best, fluffing a series
of shots, including a putt on the 18th which would of given Ireland
a share of the runners-up check.
The rot set in for the tournament favorites when they suffered a
penalty stroke on the 6th and the Irish duo recorded four
They shared fourth with Australia’s Richard Green and Brendan
Jones (69), plus Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Martin Laird (66)
and the Dutch pairing of Robert-Jan Derksen and Joost Luiten
Like Ireland, South Africa also had a pair of major winners who
faltered on the final day, with Charl Schwartzel and Louis
Oosthuizen only able to record a 74 to quickly drop out of
Defending champions Italy, represented by Edoardo and Francesco
Molinari, also had a final-round 74 to finish 17th, ten shots off
the winning score.