Sunday, November 27, 2011

USA wins World Cup of Golf

The United States team of Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland defeated 27 other countries, including favorites Rory McILroy and Graeme McDowell of Ireland, to win the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

"You think of all the sporting events, and you think of all the teams that become world champions, and in golf there are not that many opportunities to be world champions," Kuchar said. "So to represent the United States of America and become world champions just feels great."

The event featured two days of fourball (best ball) and two days of foursomes (alternate shot), which is the same format used in the Ryder Cup and President's Cup.

The team shot a final round 67 in alternate shot format to win by two strokes over England and Germany, and three shots of ahead of Ireland.

On Saturday we really clicked together and played a great round and when Matt got up-and-down at the last that gave us the momentum into today's final round," Woodland said. "So we came out today to birdie the first two holes and that really got us going."

With it being a Ryder Cup year in 2012, Kuchar and Woodland would be a strong potential pairing for the United States assuming both players make the team. 

The tandem became the first American team to win the cup since Tiger Woods and David Duval did so in 2000.