MISSION HILLS in China, the world’s largest golf resort, was the venue for the 2008 World Cup last weekend, as it will be for the next 12 years.
Having lost in a play-off last year, the Scottish pairing of Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren were determined to go one better this time around, and so it proved.
The United States were first to slip the 28-strong field, however, defending their lead over the first three days with the Scots and England’s Justin Rose and Ian Poulter in close contention.
By the end of Sunday’s final round Montgomerie and Warren had drawn level, finally triumphing over their American opponents on the second extra hole. While Scotland celebrated their first victory in the tournament’s 54-year history, England finished in fourth, one shot behind third-placed France.
At the same time, a disastrous final round at the Australian Masters put paid to the promising Rory McIlroy’s hopes of a first pro victory, the Northern Ireland teenager finishing tied for 15th behind winner Aaron Baddeley.
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