AUSTRALIA 1 v 2 PARAGUAY
After the spoils were shared in the first two matches with Peter O’Malley beating Raul Fretes 73-76 and Angel Franco defeating Stephen Leaney 73-74, it was left to Craig Parry and Carlos Franco to battle it out for the point, and it took two extra holes to find the winner. Both players made par at the 1st, but a magnificent approach at the second set Carlos Franco up for a birdie and that was enough to claim the point.
SCOTLAND 1 v 2 JAPAN
Like the other match in group two, Scotland and Japan had to go into extra holes to determine a winner and similarly too, it was the unseeded team who stole the points. A brilliant eagle two at the 18th by Paul Lawrie meant that Katsuyoshi Tomori needed to make birdie for a play-off. This he did and duly followed it with another at the first which Lawrie could not match. In the final match Gary Orr beat Tsuyoshi Yoneyama 69-71 after Sam Torrance had lost by five to Isao Aoki’s 71.
SWEDEN 1 v 2 NEW ZEALAND
A close encounter, with not more than a shot between any of the pairings, was eventually won by Jarmo Sandelin, but only after he matched Greg Turners birdie at the last for a three under par 69. Eighteen consecutive pars by Gabriel Hjerstedt was not enough to overcome Michael Campbell and Michael Long recorded his second victory of the week against Patrik Sjoland, despite a one over par 73.
USA 0 v 3 ITALY
The USA saw their chances of reaching the semi-finals all but dissapear after a shock 3-0 defeat by the Italian team. A back nine of 32 helped Costantino Rocca defeat Mark O’Meara by two shots. Big hitting Emanuele Canonica then defeated Tom Lehman by the same margin after a level par 72. Massimo Scarpa was celebrating the famous team victory as he strode down the 18th fairway and made sure of his own victory and a whitewash for the Italians with a birdie three which Payne Stewart was unable to match.
IRELAND 2 v 1 FRANCE
Despite his love for the course and a four stroke victory over Paul McGinley, Jean van de Velde saw his French team fall to the Irish. Darren Clarke earned Ireland’s first victory with a fine, and apparently very comfortable, 67 to Marc Farry’s 75. The deciding match between Padraig Harrington and Jean Francois Remesy came down to the last with both players knocking their second shots very close. Remesy, however, left his first putt agonisingly short and Harrington made no mistake with his.
SPAIN 2 v 1 ZIMBABWE
67’s from Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal saw Spain overcome Zimbabwe and claim their second win of the tournament. Nick Price posted a respectable two under par 70 in the opening game, but Garcia’s second consecutive 67 was too good. Mark McNulty recorded Zimbabwe’s sole victory with a tidy 68 against an out of sorts Miguel Angel Jimenez, whilst Tony Johnstone could offer little resistance against a slightly happier Jose Maria Olazabal.
ENGLAND 2 v 1 CHINA
A 69 from Lee Westwood was enough to defeat China’s Zhang Lian-Wei and helped England on their way to a victory which looked in some doubt for much of the day. A three shot swing on the 15th in the final paring proved to be the turning point for England as Mark James eventually overcame Wu Xiang-Bing by two. In the other match David Howell was outplayed by Cheng Jun who recorded an honourable 70 for a five shot victory.
SOUTH AFRICA 3 v 0 INDIA
If ever a reminder was needed as to why South Africa have won the previous two Dunhill Cups, India were made to bear the brunt of it on the second day at St.Andrews. With Ernie Els finishing three under, Retief Goosen five under and David Frost on four under par, the South Africans defeated their opponents by three, eight and six shots respectively. Any team hoping to take home the Alfred Dunhill Cup were shown exactly the quality of play which must be overcome to do so.