In Athens the team of Hale Irwin and John Mahaffey has retained the World Cup Golf Title for the United States.
In Athens the team of Hale Irwin and John Mahaffey has retained the World Cup Golf Title for the United States. It was the fifteenth time in 27 years that an American team had won the cup.
SYNOPSIS: The tournament was held at Athen's Glyfada Golf Club. This year it was a controversial contest. On the eve of the tournament, the Greek Government barred South Africa from competing. The government said the expulsion was in line with a U.N. resolution on South Africa's participation in International Events. Both Mahaffey and Irwin spoke out against the decision, but settled down to play some determined golf. Mahaffey putts after narrowly missing on his first attempt.
Current U.S. Open Champion Hale Irwin makes no mistake with this one.
A final round of 69 gained Irwin the top individual trophy, ahead of Sandy Lyle of Scotland and Bernhard Langer of West Germany.
Mahaffey finished the final round with a 72, making a joint four round total of 575. It gave the Americans a five stroke victory over Scotland. Irwin and Mahaffey shared 6 thousand dollars in prize money, with another 3 thousand going to Irwin for his individual performance.