SUN CITY, South Africa -- Celeste Troche and Julieta Granada
of Paraguay combined for a 7-under-par 65 in better ball Sunday to
win the Women's World Cup, beating the runner-up United States by
Paraguay finished at 9-under 279 at Gary Player Country Club.
The U.S. team of Pat Hurst and Juli Inkster (67) was at 286, with
South Korea (67) third at 287.
Paraguay had a four-stroke lead over Italy entering the final
round, but Inkster and Hurst started with three birdies on the
first six holes to put the U.S. within reach. A bogey on the ninth
hole slowed the Americans as Paraguay got rolling.
"Paraguay deserved it. They played well all week," Inkster
Granada had five birdies and Troche added three, including a
chip-in at the 17th. A dropped shot on the opening hole was
Paraguay's only blemish.
"I just said to Julieta that there were 17 more holes to play,
and there were birdies out there after we dropped that shot,"
Troche sank the final birdie putt on the 18th after Granada had
missed a 6-foot putt.
"I can't begin to explain how I felt when it went in," Troche
Granada was a rookie on the LPGA Tour last year, and she asked
how she could get into the World Cup. She was told Paraguay -- a
country with just six golf courses -- was not even invited.
"So I tried really hard all year," said Granada, who won the
season ending ADT Championship on the LPGA Tour. "And I hope now
that young people in my country will take up the sport, but more
importantly, that they never give up."
Ji Yai Shin and Young Kim of South Korea, who were penalized two
strokes for moving an advertising board during the second day,
faltered on the 17th with a double bogey.
Italy (71) fell away on the back nine and finished fifth. Giulia
Sergas and Veronica Zorzi shot a 33 on the front nine, but were
unable to get a birdie on the back nine.