England in tie for second

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The United States won the Golf World Cup after a final round of 67 was enough for Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland to capture the title by two strokes from Germany and England.

Starting the foursomes two behind overnight leaders Ireland, Kuchar and Woodland carded six birdies and a bogey on Hainan Island to finish 24 under par and lift the trophy for a 24th time.

England enjoyed a strong finish to the tournament as Ian Poulter and Justin Rose returned a 63 that featured an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey to end 22 under, tied for second with Germany, who posted a 69.

Irish duo Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell could only produce an even-par 72 and missed out on the last day for the second consecutive time after finishing runners-up in 2009, their score of 21 under leaving them in a tie for fourth with Scotland, Holland and Australia.

Poulter and Rose produced the round of the day and Rose said: “I felt like today was a bit about coming out and playing for pride. You always have pride when you are playing for your country but it was about restoring individual pride for ourselves really.