Jose-Maria Canizares led Spain to a resounding eight-stroke victory in the 31st World Cup Golf tournament in Rome which ended on November 18.
1. GVs Jose-Maria Canizares (Spain) teeing off. (3 SHOTS) 0.25
2. GV Jose Rivero (Spain) tees off. (2 SHOTS) 0.39
3. GVs Sam Torrance (Scotland) tees off. (2 SHOTS) 1.00
4. GVs Gordon Brand, Jr (Scotland) tees off. (2 SHOTS) 1.22
5. GV Rivero putting, sinks ball. 1.31
6. GVs Howard Clark (UK) chipping shot and taps ball into hole. (2 SHOTS) 1.43
7. GV Brand chips on to green. 1.52
8. GV Canizares on green, misses putt. 1.55
9. GV Rivero sinks putt. 1.58
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Background: ROME, ITALY
Jose-Maria Canizares led Spain to a resounding eight-stroke victory in the 31st World Cup Golf tournament in Rome which ended on November 18. Scotland and Taiwan tied for second place. Canizares carded a four-under-par 68 in the final round of the World Team Championship, and his partner Jose Rivero shot a 70 to give Spain a total of 414, eighteen under par, over the tournament's 54 holes. Heavy rains had forced course officials to cancel the first day of the tournament and to cut back the number of holes to 54 from the original 72. Spain started the final round of play two strokes ahead of Scotland, represented by Sam Torrance and Gordon Brand Jr, and extended their lead to five shots after the first nine holes. Canizares increased the lead to six strokes with a birdie on the 11th, and Rivero gave Spain their eight-stroke lead when he hit par on the 13th to Torrance's double-bogey after Brand and Canizares had both scored bogeys. The Taiwanese team finished strongly after a disappointing second round in which Chen Tze-Chung scored an even par 72 while his partner Hsieh Min-Nan only managed a 76. In the last round, Chen, who scored birdies on three of the last four holes, carded a three-under-par 69, while Hsieh went one better with a 68. The winning Spaniards earned 30,000 US dollars for their victory and Canizares picked up a further 25,000 US dollars for the lowest individual score of an 11-under par 205. The Taiwanese and Scots players each earned 20,000 US dollars.
Source: REUTERS - ROLANDO FERRARIO