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Golf - 23. January 2008.

Philippines holds off South Korea to win Women's World Cup of Golf.

Fantastic Philippines on top of the world
The Philippines finished on a three-round total of 18 under par 198, with Korea's Ji-Yai Shin and Eun-Hee Ji runners-up on 16 under par 200. Japan and Taiwan tied for third on 13 under par 203.

Philippines "This is a very big day for the Philippines and for golf in the country," Delasin explained. "This win is for all the Filipinos around the world," she added.

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"It was a real team effort," Rosales explained. "The win hasn't really sunk in at the moment, maybe it will when we have a few beers later. I loved the pressure of having to make each putt and I'm glad I came here to compete with my partner," she added.

The two countries started the day tied for the lead, but Korea led by two shots at the turn and looked like the favourites to win the title after coming close on three previous occasions. However, the eccentric Philippines pair birdied the 11th and 12th holes to draw level with Korea.

"We were kind of shaky on the front nine, but we got our groove on the back nine," Delasin explained. "On the back nine we said to ourselves win or lose we are going to have fun."

Shin and Ji went one ahead at the 14th with a birdie three, but the Philippines hit right back at the 15th with a birdie of their own from Delasin. The four-time winner on the LPGA Tour then went into overdrive with three-straight birdies at the 16th, 17th and 18th as the Philippines claimed the winner's cheque of $280 000.

"Korea played really well and gave us our money's worth," Delasin said. Shin and Ji came to the final hole two shots behind the Philippines and, after Shin found the green with her second on the par-five 18th, the Koreans were still in with a chance of winning the title.

Shin had hit a dramatic second shot that looked like flying into the water but instead ricocheted off the rocks and onto the green. She then missed the 30-foot eagle putt and Delasin made her birdie to give the Philippines their biggest golf title in the country's history.

Hosts South Africa finished tied sixth on 10 under par, which is their best performance in the tournament's history. Their six under par 66 was the second lowest round of the day after seven under par 65s from the Philippines and Japan.

"We are really delighted to have got it to 10 under par," Maritz said. "We gave our country hope and we made it exciting for them. That was our goal, and we accomplished that."

Defending champions Paraguay finished ninth with rounds of 66, 73 and 68 for a three-round total of 207.


Final betterball scores from the Women's World Cup of Golf, played on the par-72 Gary Player Country Club course at Sun City on Sunday.

-18 (198) 65-68-65 Philippines (Jennifer Rosales, Dorothy Delasin)
-16 (200) 61-72-67 Korea (Eun-Hee Ji, Ji-Yai Shin)
-13 (203) 66-69-68 Taiwan (Yun Jye Wei, Amy Hung); 66-72-65 Japan (Shinobu Moromizato, Miki Saiki
-11 (205) 62-76-67 France (Gwladys Nocera, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement)
-10 (206) 64-73-69 Canada (Lorie Kane, Alena Sharp); 68-72-66 South Africa (Laurette Maritz, Ashleigh Simon); 67-71-69 Wales (Becky Brewerton, Becky Morgan)
-9 (207) 66-73-68 Paraguay (Julieta Granada, Celeste Troche)
-8 (208) 68-73-67 Scotland (Catriona Matthew, Mhairi McKay); 65-76-67 United States (Juli Inkster, Pat Hurst)
-6 (210) 68-73-69 Brazil (Candy Hannemann, Angela Park); 67-75-68 China (Na Zhang, Wang Chun
-4 (212) 65-77-70 Sweden (Sophie Gustafson, Maria Hjorth)
-3 (213) 67-76-70 England (Trish Johnson, Danielle Masters)
+1 (217) 73-76-68 Italy (Silvia Cavalleri, Diana Luna); 69-79-69 Spain (Paula Marti, Tania Elosegui)
+2 (218) 68-78-72 Australia (Lindsey Wright, Nikki Garrett); 69-78-71 Germany (Bettina Hauert, Martina Eberl)
+13 (229) 70-84-75 India (Simi Mehra, Irina Brar)
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