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Dodd, Dredge win World Cup after final round canceled

VILAMOURA, Portugal -- Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge of
Wales won the World Cup of golf after Sunday's final round was
called off amid heavy rain and gusting winds.

Dodd and Dredge shot 11-under 61 Saturday in better ball for a
two-stroke lead over Sweden and defending champion England after 54
holes at the Victoria Clube de Golfe on Portugal's southern Algarve
coast. They shot 61-67-61 for a 27-under 189.

"It would have been nice to play 72, but at the end of day a
win is a win whether it's 54 or not," Dodd said. "We obviously
played the best golf up until now."

David Howell and Luke Donald of England and the Swedish team of
Henrik Stenson and Niclas Fasth finished tied for second after
rounds of 63 on Saturday.

The Welsh pair earned $700,000 each, more than double their
winnings in any other event. It marked Wales' second victory at the
World Cup, the first since Ian Woosnam led the team in 1987.

Raphael Jacquelin and Thomas Levet of France finished fourth and
Denmark was fifth. Americans Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink had a 67
to tie for 17th with Australia and Mexico.

Before this year, the 39-year-old Dodd had gone winless in 15
years on the European tour. Sunday's win was his third of the
season, along with the China and Irish Opens.

"Things have definitely changed in the last year," he said.
"The reasons why I'm not sure, but I must be doing something
slightly different."

Saturday's third round was plagued by showers and the rain
continued overnight, accompanied by high winds that blew over a
scoreboard on the course and damaged television transmission
towers.

Wind gusts on Sunday reached 70 mph, with the storms expected to
continue through Monday.

Though the World Cup is a stroke-play event, rounds were played
alternating between the match-play format of fourballs (better
ball) and foursomes (alternate shot).

The event completes the World Golf Championships season.