Monday, November 21, 2005

Welsh Pair Take Golf World Cup Victory

BRADLEY DREDGE and Stephen Dodd became World Cup winners for Wales yesterday - without hitting a ball.

Torrential rain on Portugal's Algarve washed out play and with a forecast of more to come it was decided that the position after 54 holes would be the result.

For Dredge and Dodd that meant a two-stroke victory over defending champions England - Luke Donald and David Howell - and Swedes Henrik Stenson and Niclas Fasth.
And it also meant their biggest ever payday. Each of them walked away with cheques for £400,870 to provide a rich finish to what was already the most lucrative season of both players' careers.

Wales won with Ian Woosnam and David Llewellyn as their pairing in Hawaii in 1987. That was achieved in very different circumstances, a play-off with Scots Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance being needed to decided the issue.