GOLF ROUNDUP : Canada Surprises U.S. to Win Dunhill Cup
Canada took advantage of blunders by Tom Kite and Fred Couples to upset the defending champion United States and win the Dunhill Cup team-play tournament Sunday at St. Andrews, Scotland.
The victory completed an improbable run that began when Canada upset a Nick Price-led Zimbabwe team in the qualifying round. The Canadians then beat Germany and, earlier Sunday, ousted South Africa in the semifinals.
“I’m kind of stunned,” said Canadian captain Dave Barr, who shot a 70. “We kind of bucked the odds. We didn’t care about the ranking of this guy or that guy. We just went out and did what he had to do to win.”
Kite, two strokes behind Barr after 16 holes, lost his match by one after making a double bogey on No. 17. Couples missed a three-foot putt on No. 16 and also ended up one stroke behind Ray Stewart, who had a 71.
The two Canadian victories made Curtis Strange’s seven-shot victory over Rick Gibson meaningless. Strange closed with a 67 on Sunday.
Rick Fehr ended an eight-year victory drought on the PGA Tour, shooting a four-under 68 to win the $1.1-million Disney Classic by two shots over Fuzzy Zoeller and Craig Stadler at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Fehr, who has finished second at seven tournaments since 1991, had not won since the B.C. Open in 1986. His 19-under 269 earned him $198,000.
In La Boulie, France, the American team led by 46-year-old Allen Doyle and 18-year-old Tiger Woods ended five years of frustration for the United States, running away with the World Amateur golf title.
After finishing second the last five years, the U.S. team turned its one-shot lead at the start of the final round into an 11-shot winning margin.
Doyle, Woods, John Harris and Todd Demsey wound up with a 23-under 838 total for four trips over the 6,734-yard, par-72 French National course.
The combined Britain-Ireland team finished second at 12-under 849, followed by Sweden with an 855 total and Australia with an 858.
American Corey Pavin shot a par 72 and won the $1.1-million Tokai Classic tournament by one stroke over Japan’s Hsieh Chin-sheng in Miyoshi, Japan.