India finish tied 17th in Golf World Cup

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Dongguan, China, Nov 30 (UNI) Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa failed to set the turf alight as the Indian pair brought home a final round card of one-under 71 to finish a disappointing tied 17th at the Golf World Cup here today.

The duo needed something special in the foursome format to finish among the top 10. But they failed to overcome the challenge and the aggregate of eight-under 280 was good enough only for a share of the 17th place and a purse of 61,000 dollars.

They thus fell short of India's best show in the tournament so far which came in 2005 when Randhawa had teamed up with Arjun Atwal for a ninth place finish.

The Indian duo's discomfiture in this format was all too evident as they dropped bogeys on the fourth and 14th holes. Birdies on the second, 10th and 11th holes did put them under-par but that was just not enough for a strong finish.

At the top, Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson produced a magnificent three-stroke victory for Sweden after shooting a nine-under 63 in the final round.

Four shots off the lead at the start of the day, the Swedes charged up the leader-board with a stunning front nine of 31 in the alternate shot format to tie Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal before racing home for Sweden's second World Cup triumph with four more birdies giving them a winning total of 27-under 261.

The Spaniards settled for the second place after returning a 70.

Ryuji Imada and Toru Taniguchi were Asia's best finishers for Japan, a 68 putting them level with Australia at the conclusion of the 5.5 million dollar.

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