Japan wins women's World Cup in golf

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Teenage sensation Ai Miyazato shot a 6-under 67 in difficult conditions to lead Japan to a two-shot victory in the Women's World Cup of Golf in George.

Japan wins women's World Cup in golf

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Teenage sensation Ai Miyazato shot a 6-under 67 in difficult conditions to lead Japan to a two-shot victory in the Women's World Cup of Golf in George, South Africa on Sunday. Miyazato played a very nice approach shot on the 15th hole, but her playing partner, Rui Kitada, faced a difficult chip for par on the same hole, and it ran past the cup. The most animated reaction to a shot came when Jennifer Rosales of the Philippines holed out her chip on the 18th hole. Jumping for joyShe raised her club as the ball approached the cup and literally jumped for joy as it fell in for a birdie. Jennifer Rosales shot 71, one of only four rounds under par. Japan squandered a six-shot lead on the back nine at Fancourt, site of the 2003 Presidents Cup. In fact, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea all shared the lead at 1-under par, as they headed to the 17th hole. South Korea's Jeong Jang drove her tee shot on the 17th to well within range for a try at a birdie. Late heroicsJang (74) and Bo Bae Song (75) were tied for the lead until Japan's late heroics on the 17th. Scotland's Janice Moodie did what she could to keep her country within reach of the lead. Scotland were just two shots back of the lead when Moodie's approach shot on the 16th hole set up a birdie try. Scotland was tied for the lead going into the last day, but Janice Moodie struggled to an 80, while Catriona Matthew had a 72. The Scottish pair finished fourth at 292. But Miyazato and Kitada came through on the treacherous par-3 17th, which features bunkers to the right of the deep, narrow green, and an 8-foot trench that runs along the left side. Bagging the leadKitada holed a 10-footer for birdie that gave Japan the lead for good in the $1 million event. That dramatic putt produced a big smile on her face. Miyazato played a tee shot on the 17th that came very close to the pin. She then made birdie on the hole. Then, when Kitada parred the 18th hole, it completed the 2-stroke victory for Japan. She and Miyazato hugged moments after the victory, and they were all smiles as they held the championship trophy aloft. The first round was better ball and the second round was alternate shot. Sunday was stroke play, with both scores counting toward the total. (AP)



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