Date: January 21, 2008

Philippines claims crown

Using a strong finish, the Philippines overtook South Korea on Sunday en route to winning the Women&aposs World Cup of Golf as Australia finished the tournament in a tie for 18th position. The South Korean team of Ji-Yai Shin and Eun-Hee Ji, though, held a one-stroke lead after 14 holes before the Philippine tandem of Dorothy Delasin and Jennifer Rosales all made the big shots. Delasin was a major factor as the American-born player birdied all four of the closing holes. The Philippines shot a final-round 7-under-par 65 in the betterball competition to finish at 18-under 198 overall, two shots in front of South Korea. “We were kind of shaky on the front nine, but we got in the groove on the back nine,” Delasin said. “On the back nine we said to ourselves win or lose we&aposre going to have fun.” Before the Philippines collected the first prize, there was some drama at the 18th hole when Delasin and Rosales both put their drives in the trees to the right of the fairway. “It was a real team effort,” Rosales explained. “The win really hasn&apost sunk in at the moment, maybe it will when we have a few beers later. I loved the pressure of having to make each putt and I&aposm glad I came here to compete with my partner.” But Delasin was able to recover, drilling her second shot down the middle of the fairway and birdying the hole. “This is a very big day for the Philippines and for golf in the country,” Delasin said. “This win is for all the Filipinos around the world.” Also at No. 18, Shin missed a 35-foot putt for eagle which would have squared the match. The Japan team of Shinobu Moromizato and Miki Saiki shot a 65 to finish in a tie for third with the Taiwanese duo of Amy Hung and Yun-Jye Wei at 13-under. The Australian pair of Lindsay Wright and Nikki Garrett finished on even-par in the bestball results, seven strokes behind the Philippines, ending the tournament in a tie for 18th alongside the German pairing of Bettina Hauert and Martina Eberl. The event launches the 2008 Ladies European Tour schedule which continues from January 29 with the MFS Women&aposs Australian Open at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne. Many players in World Cup field will be making the trip down under to vie for the Patricia Bridges Bowl on Victoria&aposs famed sandbelt including the world class Korean duo of Shin and Lee, the Australian pair of Garrett and Wright, Frenchwomen Gwladys Nocera and Virginie Lagoutte-Clement as well as Hauert of Germany. Visit to get your tickets now! Women&aposs World Cup 1. Jennifer Rosales/Dorothy Delasin, Philippines -18 2. Ji-Yai Shin/Eun-Hee Ji, South Korea -16 3. Shinobu Moromizato/Miki Saiki, Japan -13; Amy Hung/Yun-Jye Wei, Taiwan -13 5. Gwladys Nocera/Virginie Lagoutte-Clement, France -11 6. Alena Sharp/Lorie Kane, Canada -10; Laurette Maritz/Ashleigh Simon, South Africa -10 Becky Brewerton/Becky Morgan, Wales -10 9. Julieta Granada/Celeste Troche, Paraguay -9 10. Catriona Matthew/Mhairi McKay, Scotland -8; Juli Inkster/Pat Hurst, United States -8 12. Angela Park/Candy Hannemann, Brazil -6; Na Zhang/Wang Chun, China -6 14. Sophie Gustafson/Maria Hjorth, Sweden -4 15. Trish Johnson/Danielle Masters, England -3 16. Silvia Cavalleri/Diana Luna, Italy +1; Paula Marti Zambrano/Tania Elosegui, Spain +1 18. Lindsey Wright/Nikki Garrett, Australia +2; Bettina Hauert/Martina Eberl, Germany +2 20. Simi Mehra/Irina Brar, India +13