This past weekend saw some tremendous accomplishments in the world of golf. In China on Sunday, Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland helped put a stop to the United States’ 11-year losing streak in golf’s World Cup by shootin’ a sparklin’ 5-under 67 to win by two strokes. The last time the Cup went to the Americans was in 2000 when Tiger Woods and David Duval claimed the title. This victory marks the 24th win for the U.S. in the history of the tournament. Way to go guys!
Though the Americans came out on top, there were a number of standout performances over the weekend. As the New York Times reports:
English pair Ian Poulter and Justin Rose had the final day’s best round with a 63 to tie for second at 22-under with Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka.
Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell led by two strokes going into the final round but could only manage an even-par 72 to finish tied for fourth with Australia, the Netherlands, and Scotland.
Unfortunately, the tournament was marked with its fair share of disappointing performances as well:
World No. 2 McIlroy was well below his best, hitting some loose shots, including a putt on the 18th, which would of given Ireland a share of the runner-up check. The tournament favorites had a run of misfortune, including a penalty stroke on the 6th and four bogeys on the card…
Like Ireland, South Africa also had a pair of major winners who faltered on the final day, with Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen only able to record a 74 to quickly drop out of contention.
Defending champions Italy, represented by Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, also had a final-round 74 to finish 17th, 10 shots back.
While the Americans were winning in China this weekend, Australian golfers John Senden and Greg Chalmers were winning a place in golf history. Each player made a hole in one at the Australian P.G.A. in Coolum. While that alone is a huge accomplishment, the two players managed to do this on consecutive days, in the same group, on the same exact hole! The 173-yard hole was aced first by Chalmers on Thursday after the ball bounced three or four times, and then again on Friday when Senden’s ball rolled along the green to sink the shot.
Can’t say this Caveman isn’t impressed! Here’s hopin’ you were able to hit the links and have half as much success as these pros did!