Japan won the Men's Amateur Team Golf Championships in Hong Kong on November 10 to become the first Asian nation to take the Eisenhower Cup.
1. SV Scott Verplank (USA) teeing off 0.06
2. SV Spectators 0.08
3. SV Charito Villamoran (Philippines) teeing off 0.14
4. SV Board showing players' scores 0.18
5. SV Tetsuo Sakata (Japan) teeing off 0.24
6. GV Spectator following golfers down fairway 0.29
7. SV Board showing players' scores 0.32
8. SV Randy Sonnier (USA) teeing off and spectators (2 shots) 0.40
9. SVs Robert Pactolerin (Philippines) teeing off and spectators (2 shots) 0.50
10. GV ZOOM OUT Randy Sonnier driving ball down 18th fairway and ZOOM INTO ball landing on edge of green and crowd walking down fairway (2 shots) 1.12.
11. SVs Randy Sonnier narrowly missing long putt, spectators watching as he taps in (3 shots) 1.33
12. CU Board showing players' scores 1.36
13. SVs Kiyotaka Oie playing ice shot and spectators look on and putting ball into hole as crowd applauds (3 shots) 1.55
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Background: HONG KONG
Japan won the Men's Amateur Team Golf Championships in Hong Kong on November 10 to become the first Asian nation to take the Eisenhower Cup. The Japanese team went into the final round of the tournament with a one-stroke lead over the combined British-Irish team, but they finished seven strokes ahead of the USA with a four-day total of 870. The USA, who were ten strokes behind overnight, finished strongly to take second place with Randy Sonnier shooting a final round of 69. Scott Verplank shot a 73 and John Inman 74. Japan's Tetsuo Sakata finished as joint individual leader with an even-par 72; Kazuhiko Kato had a final round 73 and Noriaki Kimura a 74. Team-mate Kiyota Oie had a disappointing 77 on the last day, but only the three best scores counted. The Philippines finished in third place, helped by Robert Pactolerin's fourth-round 69, with a total of 779. Britain and Ireland faded to finish fourth. Teams from 38 countries competed in the tournament held at the Royal Hong Kong Golf Club.
Source: REUTERS - GARY LING