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Montgomerie and Warren nab World Cup of Golf in China


Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren defeated Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum of the US on the third playoff hole yesterday to win the World Cup of Golf in southern China.

The victory at the Mission Hills Golf Club made up for Scotland's loss last year in a one-hole playoff against Germany's Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem.

A par on the third playoff hole was good enough for the Scots after Weekley missed a 15-foot putt trying to save par.

The Americans forced the playoff on the last regulation hole when Slocum dropped a 5-foot birdie putt. On the first playoff hole, he missed a 7-foot birdie attempt that would have won it. Seconds before, Warren dropped a clutch 12-footer to save par. A miss would have handed the event to the Americans.

On the second playoff hole, both teams narrowly missed birdie attempts -- Weekley from 20 feet and Warren from 12.

Weekley's approach shot on the final playoff hole was short, and Slocum's chip left his teammate with a difficult putt.

Scotland finished regulation with a 6-under 66 on the 7,251-yard Olazabal Course to end on 25-under 263. The United States shot 67 after leading after each of the first three rounds.

Rounds Sunday were played using the more difficult foursomes (alternate-shot) format.

France's Gregory Havret and Raphael Jacquelin carded a 67 to finish one behind the two leaders. England's Ian Poulter and Justin Rose -- the pre-tournament favorites -- also shot 67 and were two off the pace. South Africa finished four back after a 69.

Four teams were five behind: Germany, Argentina, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Montgomerie and Warren seemed to have won the event outright with an eagle-3 on No. 15, which moved Scotland to 25-under and a two-shot lead over the US.

But Slocum got the Americans within one shot with a 10-foot birdie putt on 15, setting the stage on 18. Those two putts made up for a 2-footer he missed for birdie on No. 9.

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