HAINAN, China — Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States’ 11-year drought in golf’s World Cup by shooting 5-under-par 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 tournament.
English pair Ian Poulter and Justin Rose had the final day’s best round with 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 Scotland.
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 format.
“We really clicked. It’s fantastic to win for the U.S.,” Woodland said.
AUSTRALIAN PGA: In Coolum, Australia, Greg Chalmers won the Australian PGA Championship, beating Australian countrymen Robert Allenby and Marcus Fraser with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
The left-handed Chalmers, the Australian Open winner two weeks ago at The Lakes in Sydney, will have a chance to complete the Australian Triple Crown in December at the Australian Masters in Melbourne.
Chalmers closed with 5-under 67 to match Allenby (68) and Fraser (69) at 12-under 276 on the Hyatt Regency resort course. Australians Adam Scott (68) and Aaron Baddeley (72) followed at 10 under.
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN: In Johannesburg, South Africa’s Hennie Otto won the South African Open, closing with even-par 72 for a one-stroke victory over Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger.
Otto finished at 14 under at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate.