In Athens the team of Hale Irwin and John Mahaffey has retained the World Cup Golf Title for the United States.
GV Crowd walks onto green (2 shots)
SV John Mahaffey (USA) Putting, ball stops just short of hole
SV Mahaffey sinks putt and crowd applaud
GV Hale Irwin (USA) sinks putt and is cheered...PAN TO crowd
CU Irwin commenting on game
SV Cameramen at presentation
SV Irwin and Mahaffey receive winning cup
IRWIN: "I'm very pleased obviously to have played as well as I did today. It was a day that was I think very much like the last three days that we've had I think good enthusiasm from the players and the spectators. My congratulations to Herr Langer from Germany; he played extremely well. I would just like to thank the people of Greece for hosting us t his year and hope that we can return one day."
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Background: 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.