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Sunday, 21 November, 1999, 11:19 GMT
Tiger makes it ten
Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara accept the World Cup

Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara have finished five shots clear of the field to win the World Cup of Golf in Malaysia.

Woods also took home the International Trophy for the lowest individual score - by a record margin - giving him an incredible 10th title for the year. It was also his fifth victory in six starts.

'Tough day'

The 23-year-old phenomenon shot a cool-headed six under par 65 on the final day to secure the 22nd World Cup win for the US.

O'Meara: Bad day at the office
He needed to be at his absolute best as his partner, Mark O'Meara, crashed to a dismal six-over 77 with Spain chasing up hard for the title.

The Spaniards eventually finished second, with Miguel Angel Martin and Santiago Luna carding a respectable final-day 68 and 72 respectively.

Speaking after the win, Woods said: "It was a tough day for us as a team, but I felt if could give Mark some encouragement we could get there.

"He hung in there and made some crucial putts. He never gave up. That's the sign of a true champion."

Ireland finished third after Ryder Cup player Padraig Harrington carded a closing 67 to leapfrog over Argentina and Sweden.

Japan achieved their aim of finishing as the top Asian nation through the efforts of Mamoru Osanai, who shot a second six-under 65 on the final day. He finished with four straight birdies.

New Zealand's Frank Nobilo finished nine behind Woods for second place in the individual event.

The tournament moves to Buenos Aires in Argentina in 2000, with a change of format.

The number of countries is to be cut from 32 to 24 and they will compete in foursomes and fourballs with no individual trophy.

Collated scores

545 U.S. - Tiger Woods 67 68 63 65, Mark O'Meara 73 65 67 77
550 Spain - Santiago Luna 71 66 68 72, Miguel Angel Martin 69 66 70 68
554 Ireland - Padraig Harrington 71 68 70 67, Paul McGinley 70 71 69 68
555 Argentina - Eduardo Romero 72 68 70 72, Angel Cabrera 69 69 68 67
556 Sweden - Jarmo Sandelin 74 65 71 69, Patrik Sjoland 72 66 69 70
558 England - Mark James 71 67 71 68, Peter Baker 71 70 70 70
562 Japan - Mamoru Osanai 65 76 67 65, Mitsuo Harada 70 73 74 72; Zimbabwe - Mark McNulty 73 73 71 69, Tony Johnstone 68 70 68 70
563 Wales - Phillip Price 68 67 68 73, David Park 71 72 75 69
564 New Zealand - Frank Nobilo 69 68 68 67, Stephen Scahill 77 70 76 69

Leading individual scores:

263 Woods 67 68 63 65
272 Nobilo 69 68 68 67
273 Osanai 65 76 67 65, Cabrera 69 69 68 67, Martin 69 66 70 68
275 Kang Wook-soon (South Korea) 69 70 68 68
276 Johnstone 68 70 68 70, Price 68 67 68 73, Harrington 71 68 70 67
277 David Frost (South Africa) 71 69 68 69, James 71 67 71 68, Sjoland 72 66 69 70, Luna 71 66 68 72
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See also:
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19 Nov 99 |  Golf
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