ST. JAMES, Barbados -- Bernhard Langer acknowledges that
Germany's first World Cup golf victory in 1990 was a surprise to
many, himself included.
So was this one.
Trailing by five strokes entering the day, Langer and Marcel
Siem shot a 5-under 66 in Sunday's alternate-shot format to grab a
share of the lead, then made par on the first playoff hole to beat
Scotland and claim Germany's second World Cup title.
"Every trophy's special, as you can guess," said Langer, who
teamed with his 16-year-old son, Stefan, to win the Del Webb
Father/Son Challenge last week in Orlando, Fla. "The last two
years, I hadn't won a lot of trophies. It's nice to be on a little
Langer finished it out with a short putt -- moments after
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie pushed his par try from about 4 feet
wide of the hole.
Sweden (72) finished third after finishing 15 under and missing
the playoff when Carl Petterson's tricky downhill par putt from 5
feet lipped out at the final hole. South Africa (68) was fourth at
14 under, while Spain (69), Argentina (73) and the United States
(69) all tied for fifth at 13 under.
"We had a great week," Cink said. "At least we know we could
Defending champion Wales was in a four-way tie for eighth at 11
under with Australia, Mexico and Italy in the 24-nation field.
Germany had six birdies and one bogey on a soggy, windy day at
Sandy Lane, where play was interrupted early for nearly two hours
by morning rain. The Germans -- who split a $1.4 million first prize
-- were three strokes off the lead during that break, yet found a
way to pass six teams over their final 12 holes.
"It's just unbelievable," Siem said. "I love it. It's such a
"An early Christmas," Langer said.
Montgomerie, the eight-time Ryder Cup player who helped Europe
to a dominating win this year at The K Club, teamed with Marc
Warren to shoot a 2-under 69 in the final round, which was played
in the alternate-shot format.
Scotland, which has never won the World Cup -- and now has four
second-place finishes -- made only one bogey all day, and that was
the one in the playoff. Montgomerie pushed his tee shot at the
par-3 18th left of the green, then missed the short putt after
Warren played a chip to relatively close range.
"It's just one of those things," Warren said. "Tough putt.
... We needed to leave ourselves an easier putt. That's just the
way it goes."
Montgomerie declined to speak with reporters afterward.
Argentina, Scotland, Sweden and Germany all held the outright
lead at some point Sunday, yet never managed to build a significant
cushion -- and the top positions on the leaderboard flip-flopped all
Scotland went up at the par-3 11th, when Warren got his tee shot
within 10 feet and Montgomerie made the putt to put his team at 16
under, one shot clear of Germany and Argentina. But the Scots
strung together seven straight pars from there, and things soon
were knotted again.
Siem's 25-foot birdie at the par-3 16th gave the Germans their
first lead, which they immediately gave back with a bogey -- their
lone mistake -- at the par-4 17th. And Sweden used consecutive
birdies at Nos. 12 and 13 to match the Germans and Scots at 16
under, then faltered at the final hole.
"It's always disappointing when you finish like that when
you're in the hunt," Petterson said. "We had a chance and we had
a good time."
Heavy rain began falling early in the day, stopped briefly as
some of the final pairings teed off, then began pouring again with
most teams still on the front nine, prompting a suspension that
lasted 1 hour, 43 minutes.
Players were held on the course for about a half-hour before
being brought into the clubhouse, as crews used squeegees to remove
standing water from some fairways and greens. Strong winds ripped
at least one umbrella to shreds, while turning others inward --
their frames unable to withstand the 45 mph gusts.