Sweden Win Dramatic Golf World Cup

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent INovember 30, 2008

The team of Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson somehow overturned a three shot deficit to seal a remarkable World Cup victory for Sweden at the Mission Hills Golf Club in China.

Sweden were pre-tournament favourites and started the final day a total of four shots behind Spain.

However, five early birdies shot them up the leader board.

The Swedes scored an impressive nine under par round of 63 to see off Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal, who were leading for most of the competition.

For Team England, Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher carded 67 to end in sixth position, with a total of twelve shots off the Swedish team.

The defending champions Scotland, led by Colin Montgomerie, a long way back in the field and were 20 shots back.

Karlsson and Stenson, were the two highest ranked players at the event and were in impressive form and pulled into the outright lead with four more birdies on the back nine to finish on a total of 27 under par.

It was the second World Cup win for Swedenafter Per-Ulrik Johansson and Anders Forsbrand's 1991 triumph in Rome.


-27 Sweden -24 Spain -18 Australia, Japan -16 Germany -15 England -14 Thailand, South Africa -13 USA

Selected others: -10 Ireland -7 Scotland -3 Wales