Italy top; Indians end 14th

Molinari brothers edge Sweden and Ireland

 
The duo ended the USD 5.5 million tournament with a total of 16-under 272 after mixing three birdies against an equal number of bogeys, all of which came in the back nine.

The final round was played in the foursomes format, in which players take alternate shots to complete a hole.

Starting the day tied ninth, the Indians played out a flawless front-nine with birdies on the second and fourth holes. But their form took a dip in the backward journey as they stumbled to bogeys on the 10th, 13th and 18th.

Although, they found a birdie on the 17th but it was wasn’t enough to fetch a top-10 finish on the leaderboard.

Italy wins

Meanwhile, brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari won a dramatic three-way final round tussle with Sweden and Ireland to claim a first World Cup of Golf for Italy by one stroke.

The duo found their putting touch on the back nine as their rivals faltered to finish with a four-under-par 68 for a total of 29-under at Mission Hills.

Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, who had led all week after an opening 58, carded an error-strewn 70 to share second with defending champion Swedes Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson, who shot a 69.

Edoardo leapt around the 18th green after securing victory with a two-foot par putt before embracing his younger brother -- the first siblings to lift the John Jay Hopkins trophy in the 55 versions of the event.

"It's amazing, we don't really have any words," 27-year-old Francesco, who will share a cheque for $1.7 million with his brother, said in a greenside TV interview.

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