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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 January 2006, 17:08 GMT
Sweden capture Women's World Cup
FINAL LEADERBOARD
Liselotte Neumann and Annika Sorenstam
-7 Sweden (Sorenstam & Neumann)
-4 Scotland (Matthew & Moodie)
level Wales (Morgan & Brewerton)
+1 USA (Gulbis & Creamer)
+2 South Korea (Lee & Song)
+3 Colombia (Baena & Baena)
+4 Finland (Blomqvist & Hakkarainen), South Africa (Maritz & Simon)
Selected other:
+13 England (Davies & Taylor)
Sweden's Annika Sorenstam and Liselotte Neumann completed a three-stroke victory in the Women's World Cup of Golf in Sun City, South Africa.

They consolidated their overnight advantage despite a 77 from Neumann in more challenging conditions.

Catriona Matthew carded the day's best round, a three-under 69, to help Scotland to secure second place.

Wales' Becky Morgan and Becky Brewerton finished third, while defending were 11th at the Gary Player Country Club.

Thick rough and increasingly fast greens led to some high numbers, but Sweden began solidly, Sorenstam reaching the turn one-under.

Her one dropped shot came at the eighth when she was left in a horrific spot in a greenside bunker.

The Scots were the only team making progress, with Matthew picking up three consecutive birdies from the seventh.

Had they not begun nine shots adrift they might have posed a serious threat to the Swedes, particularly in view of the four bogeys in four holes suffered by Sorenstam and Neumann.

However, Sorenstam halted the slide in style with an eagle at the par-five 14th.

The world number one said: "On the 15th I saw that Scotland were doing well and I wasn't sure if they were finished or not, but we hung in there.

"I could not have asked for a better start to 2006 and I hope we'll be able to come back and defend our title next year."

Her partner Neumann admitted: "I struggled a bit today, especially after the turn when I made bogeys on 11, 12 and 13.

"But Annika's eagle on the 14th gave us a bit of breathing space."




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