Team U.S.A., represented by Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, chalked up a final round of 6-under-par 33-33=66 but it wasn't enough to claim a 25th World Cup of Golf; it ended the week T2 alongside China and France, four back of the winner Denmark.
Fowler and Walker thrived on the Melbourne sandbelt gem that is Kingston Heath Golf Club, a fast-running, traditional course with bunkering reminiscent of Pinehurst, where both finished top ten in the 2014 U.S. Open. On Sunday the birdies didn't quite flow at the rate required, but they proved they enjoyed the challenge. At the 5th Fowler hit the shot of the week, a cut wedge from dirt, around a tree, picking his way through the greenside traps to find the putting surface. Later, at 14, he used driver from the deck to reach the fringe of the par-five's green. Alas, both times par was all he could manage. Of their six birdies, Walker found the first with an approach at the par-three 6th which was one entire roll of the ball short of being an ace. In also ticking 8, 10, 12, 13 and 15 they got to within two of the Danes at the turn, but could never breach the gap.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:34:00 AM