Germany wins World Cup

Germany won the World Cup for the second time with a gripping playoff victory at Sandy Lane Resort's Country Club Course on Sunday.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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Germany won the World Cup for the second time with a gripping playoff victory at Sandy Lane Resort's Country Club Course in Barbados on Sunday. Sweden went into the final round, holding a one stroke lead over Argentina, with Scotland a further stroke back in third. Seven other nations were in fourth, five shots off the lead as the playing format switched back to foursomes, alternate shots. Play was suspended for an hour and three quarters at 1128 local time (1528 GMT) because of driving rain and strong winds. Play resumed at 1315 local time, and the American pair of Stewart Cink and J J Henry finished in a share of fifth place after a two-under round of 69 which left them with a four round total of 271, 13-under. The Spanish duo of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano also finished at 13-under after a closing round of 69, which also included three bogeys, and five birdies. Other standings Argentina, bidding for their first World Cup title in more than 50 years, shared the lead with nine holes to play before slipping back into a tie for fifth. Andres Romero and Angel Cabrera both struggled on the greens, three-putting on the 9th and 10th on their way to a four-bogey 73. Rory Sabbatini and Richard Sterne of South Africa claimed fourth place after three birdies in a row from the 14th saw them finish with a 68 for 14-under. Sweden lost ground over the front nine, but had a chance for a place in a playoff. However, Carl Pettersson missed a five-foot par putt at the last. He and Henrik Stenson had to settle for third place at 15 under after carding a 72 Missed chance Scotland, who were looking for their first World Cup title, moved into the outright lead for the first time this week when Colin Montgomerie converted Mark Warren's tee-shot on the 11th for a birdie two. Marcel Siem and Bernhard Langer of Germany, five strokes off the pace overnight, led by one shot with two holes to play before Langer, competing in his 12th World Cup but first since 1996, missed an eight-foot par putt at the 17th. The ice-cool former European Cup winning captain, then struck a superb tee shot to within three metres of the flag at the par-three last and they ended with a five-under 66 - the best of the day. With Sweden failing at the last, Scotland and Germany, after ending level at 16-under, went back down the 18th in a playoff, but the Scots bogeyed the first extra hole after Montgomerie missed a par putt. Langer tapped in for his second World Cup victory, 16 years after partnering Torsten Gideon to the title in Florida.(AP)