US ends drought in golf’s World Cup with 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 at 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 tied for fourth with Australia, the Netherlands and
The American victory was the first since Tiger Woods and David
Duval claimed the title 11 years ago. The event was annual up until
2009, and this year’s tournament was the first in the new biennial
”We really clicked. It’s fantastic to win for the U.S.,”
The U.S. duo built a two-point lead over Germany midway through
the round 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,” Kuchar
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, hitting some loose
shots, including a putt on the 18th which would of given Ireland a
share of the runner-up check. The tournament favorites had a run of
misfortune, including a penalty stroke on the 6th and four bogeys
on the card.
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, 10 shots