Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended an 11-year drought by the United States in golf’s World Cup with a 5-under 67 yesterday in Hainan, China, to win by two strokes.
The American pair notched up six birdies in the alternate-shot final round at Mission Hills Blackstone course to finish at 24 under, 264 overall, notching the 24th US win in the history of the tournament.
Oakleys 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 Scotland.
The American victory was the first since Nike Golfs Tiger Woods and David Duval claimed the title 11 years ago.
“We really clicked. It’s fantastic to win for the US,’’ Woodland said.
The US duo built a two-point lead over Germany midway through the round and after an unexpected 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.
The English pairing seemed well out of contention heading into the final day, eight shots off the lead, but soared into contention. However it needed more than one of the leading teams to falter, instead it was only McIlory & McDowell that 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 have given Ireland a share of 2nd place. They shared fourth with Australia’s Richard Green and Brendan Jones.