Friday, 19 March 2010

Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem found the perfect chemistry of youth and experience to defeat another similarly balanced partnership in Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren as Germany won the WGC-Barbados World Cup at the first hole of a play-off against Scotland at Sandy Lane Resort.

Langer, 49, who won the World Cup in its previous format in 1990 with Torsten Giedeon, savoured the winning feel again 16 years on with 26 year old Siem by his side and 15 year old son, Stefan, carrying his bag. Both teams finished on 268, 16 under par, with the Germans shooting a best of the day 66 in the foursomes to the Scots’ 69.

Sweden’s Carl Pettersson and Henrik Stenson had an opportunity to make it a three-way play-off, but three putts on the tricky final green put paid to their chances and they had to settle for third place on 269 with South Africa fourth a further stroke behind.

Siem had a 12 footer to finish on 17 under and watched it slip past the hole while Montgomerie, as he had done many times in the past, was left with a slippery six footer for par by Warren but rammed the ball firmly into the centre of the cup.

The two teams returned to the par three 18th for the play-off, but after 43 year old Montgomerie missed the green with his tee shot and Warren chipped four feet past, it was the senior member of the Scottish duo who attempted to keep the play-off alive.

He missed, and Langer, who had also missed the green in a similar spot, tapped in from less than two feet after Siem had chipped close.
The young German puched the air ecstatically while the senior partner just smiled contently after adding to his glittering haul of titles.

“Every trophy is special and last week I son the father and son event, so it’s two weeks in a row we have won and it’s pretty neat. It’s nice to be on a roll” said Langer. “To have him on the bag as well as was a great experience.

“I truly enjoyed playing with Marcel because we actually never really played much golf together, even though we are from the same country. We are from totally different generations but we had the spark, the chemistry, that you need.”

Both Siem and Warren, two of the brightest young talents on The European Tour, were effusive in their praise of their ‘mentors’ during the week. Siem, winner of one European Tour title at the 2004 dunhill championship, said: “It’s just unbelievable. Winning a trophy with Bernard Langer is big and so much fun. I can’t believe it actually.

“We had two legends on the tee box in the play-off with Monty and Bernhard so that was incredible. I learned so much from Bernhard all week – like the need to stay calm and wait for chances rather than be too aggressive. He’s a legend but is so nice to everyone. A great player and a great guy.”

Warren, the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year after a season in which he won the EnterCard Scandinavian Masters, said: "That's the first time I've ever lost a play-off in my career, amateur or professional. I know how the other guy feels and it's not a nice feeling, especially in such a big event.

"I've really seen this week why Monty has won eight Order of Merit titles. From tee to green he is relentless, almost every shot is where he wants to put it and it looks absolutely effortless at times. I can't say enough about him. He told me at the end it was a great effort and we couldn't do much more. He is as disappointed as I am.

"We had a great chance to win but unfortunately that didn't happen. It's a shame for Scottish golf but hopefully this will give it a boost anyway."

Torrential rain had earlier left parts of the Sandy Lane course under water and forced play to be suspended for almost an hour and three quarters. When play resumed Scotland, Sweden and Germany moved up a gear as halfway leaders Argentina slid back.

Wales's Bradley Dredge and Stephen Dodd put up a creditable defence of their title before finishing in a tie for eighth with Ireland's Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington in joint 12th. England suffered a disappointing week and had to settle for a share of 15th.

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