World Cup stunner: Kuchar-Woodland rally for U.S. golf victory
Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland came from behind Sunday and broke an 11-year drought for the U.S. at the World Cup Championship. Kuchar and Woodland shot a final round 67 in the alternate shot format to overtake Ireland for the title in the two-man team event at Mission Hills Resort.
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Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland overtook Ireland Sunday with a final round 67 that ended an 11-year drought for the United States in World Cup competition.
Kuchar and Woodland, playing superb in the foursomes or alternate shot format, finished with a 21-under par total of 264 at Mission Hills Resort and won by two shots over Germany and England.
The last U.S. victory came in 2000 when Tiger Woods combined with David Duval to win the title.
The Irish team of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, heavy favorites to win the title, started the day with a two-shot lead but putting woes did them in. They got off to a poor start with a three-putt at the first hole when McIlroy missed a two-footer for par.
They finished with an even par round of 72 that left them tied for fourth with Australia, Scotland and the Netherlands.
Germany and England finished two back of the U.S. The English team of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose put together an incredible effort with a 63 playing alternate shot and finished at 22-under with the Germans -- Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka.
The team title was the 24th in World Cup play for the U.S. "It feels great," Woodland said. "We came here to have some fun, but we set a goal to win and that's what we came here to do. We played phenomenal, especially today."
Putting was a strength for the U.S. pair. Kuchar started right with a 15-footer for birdie at the first hole and Woodland nailed the final birdie of the day when he sank a 50-footer at the 13th.
It was just the opposite for Ireland. "We just didn't have it out there today," McDowell lamented. "We had no mojo, we didn't make anything."
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