Philippines wins by 2 strokes at World Cup

Philippines wins by 2 strokes at World Cup

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin shot a 7-under 65 Sunday in best ball to help the Philippines win the Women’s World Cup of Golf by two strokes over South Korea.

Ji-Yai Shin and Eun-Hee Ji were comfortably in the lead after nine holes, but Rosales and Delasin got six birdies and finished at 18-under 198 at the Gary Player Country Club.

Taiwan and Japan shared third place at 13-under 203.

Delasin sealed the victory with a 15-foot putt for birdie on the par-5 18th, after she had pulled her drive to the right of the fairway. She threaded her second shot close to the trees onto the fairway, and dropped her third to set up the putt.

“I had an angel with me on that (putt),” Delasin said. “I had no fear. I just crossed my fingers and hit it.”

Korea went into the final hole needing an eagle to get back into the match. Shin’s second shot aimed straight at the pin but it veered right and bounced off a rock in the water surrounding the island green. It landed 30 feet from the flag to leave one last shot at an eagle.

Shin missed but got the birdie, Korea’s second on a homeward nine against six for the Philippines.

It was the reverse for the opening nine holes. Shin scored an eagle three on the fifth and a birdie on the par-4 sixth, to pressure the Philippines’ players, who got birdies on holes 1 and 3.

“We were kind of shaky on the front nine,” Delasin said. “The pars we got on six, seven and nine were crucial. They could so easily have been bogeys, but once we survived that bit, we started having fun again.”

Rosales birdied the 11th and 12th to bring them level before the Koreans got a birdie at the 14th.

The Philippines birdied the 15th and went ahead on the 16th, then birdied the 17th.

Japan finished with an eagle at the 18th from Miki Saki for a 7-under 65. Taiwan did not drop a shot for its final-round 68.

France’s Gwladys Nocera and Virginie Lagoutte-Clement finished on 205 with a 67 to take fifth place, while South Africa, Canada and Wales shared sixth on 206. South Africa finished with a 66 between Laurette Maritz and Ashleigh Simon; Canada’s Lorie Kane and Alena Sharp came home in 69; and Becky Brewerton and Becky Morgan shot a 68 for Wales.

Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst of the United States shot six birdies and a bogey for a final round 67. Their 208 gave them a share of 10th with Scotland.

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