The Spanish pair of Severiano Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido, retained golf's World Cup in Manila on Sunday (11 December), when they finished with a joint total for the 72 holes of 591.
The Spanish pair of Severiano Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido, retained golf's World Cup in Manila on Sunday (11 December), when they finished with a joint total for the 72 holes of 591. This put them three strokes clear of the Philippines, with the early leaders, Canada, third, and South Africa and Japan fourth. The individual title went to South Africa's Gary Player, with a four rounds total of 289, one over par. Rudy Lavares of the Philippines and American Hubert Green shared second place, ahead of Seiichi Kanai of Japan. Ballesteros finished on 295 and Garrido on 296.
SYNOPSIS: The competition was played at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, and Ballesteros, Europe's most successful player, tees off on the final round.
The Spaniards were paired with the Japanese and next to go was Kosaku Shimadu. His first three rounds for the par 72 course had been 76, 77 and 73. But this time he shot an 80.
An enthusiastic spectator was President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, and he was on the 18th green to see Gary Player make sure of the individual title.
And a souvenir for the President was the ball Player had used on the final round.
Like Player, Ballesteros shot a last round of 76, and at times he struggled. This shot found a sand trap.
The pressure was on the young Spaniard, but he made no mistake playing out of the trap.
It's the 18th and the delighted Spaniards had retained the Cup they won in Palm Springs, California last year. Difficult greens had ruled out low scoring, but no one could match the consistency of the 20-year old Ballesteros and the ever reliable Garrido.