Timid India finish tied 17th in golf World Cup

The Indian pair of Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa brought home a final round card of one-under 71 to finish tied 17th in the golf World Cup.

updated: November 30, 2008 11:14 IST
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Dongguan, China:

Jeev Milkha Singh could not really set alight the turf, while Jyoti Randhawa too was not in his element and the Indian pair brought home a final round card of one-under 71 to finish tied 17th in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup golf tournament here on Sunday.

The duo needed something special in the foursome format to haul them up among the top 10 but all they could manage was a 71 and the aggregate of eight-under 280 was good enough only for a share of the 17th place and a $61,000.

They thus fell short of India's best show in the tournament so far which came in 2005 when Randhawa had teamed up with Arjun Atwal for a ninth place finish.

The Indian duo's discomfiture in this format was all too evident as they dropped bogeys on the fourth and 14th holes. Birdies on the second, 10th and 11th holes did put them under-par but that was just not enough for a strong finish.

At the top, Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson produced a magnificent three-stroke victory for Sweden after shooting a nine-under 63 in the final round.

Four shots off the lead at the start of the day, the Swedes charged up the leader-board with a stunning front nine of 31 in the alternate shot format to tie Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal before racing home for Sweden's second World Cup triumph with four more birdies giving them a winning total of 27-under 261.

The Spaniards settled for the second place after returning a 70.

Ryuji Imada and Toru Taniguchi were Asia's best finishers for Japan, a 68 putting them level with Australia at the conclusion of the $5.5 million.

Final scores:
261: Sweden
264: Spain
270: Japan, Australia
272: Germany
273: England
274: South Africa, Thailand
275: USA
276: Chile, France, Philippines
277: Portugal, Canada, Denmark
278: Ireland
280: India, China
281: Scotland, Italy
282: Finland
283: Guatemala, New Zealand
284: Chinese Taipei
285: Wales
287: Korea
288: Mexico
294: Venezuela.