Tiger Woods extended his astonishing winning run today with a nerveless
6-under-par 65 that powered the US to victory in the World Cup of Golf for the 22nd time. The World number one had to be close to his unrivalled best to hold off a brave fightback from Spain, as partner Mark O'Meara slumped to a six-over par 77. Spain were five shots behind.
Padraig Harrington shot a closing 67 to help Ireland move up to third place, nine shots behind the US and ahead of Argentina and Sweden. Woods walked away with the International Trophy for the lowest individual score by a record margin to claim his 10th individual title of the year.
Ireland's Gary Murphy remains on course for a European tour place next season after finishing today's fifth round at 5-under-par. This leaves Murphy well placed in fourth overall in the Qualifying schools finals. However, Philip Walton, Europe's Ryder Cup hero only four years ago, is in a grave position. The 37-year-old crashed to an 81 today to leave him in joint 74th place overall and in danger of losing his tour card. He may have to shoot 66 to survive the final day tomorrow. Yesterday's cut consigned Davis Higgins and Peter Lawrie to waiting another year.
In the windswept conditions a 72 was good enough to take Swede Niclas Fasth, winner of the school in 1996, top of the class again. He is on the 8-under-par, one in front of Scotland's Alastair Forsyth and two ahead of 38-year-old Englishman Malcolm Mackenzie.
Elsewhere, in the Dunlop Phoenix golf tournament at Miyazaki, Japan, Thomas Bjorn from Denmark won in a playoff with Sergio Garcia after both players shot closing 67's. Irelands Darren Clarke shot a 70 to finish 12 shots behind the front two.