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Rosales, Delasin lead Phillipines to victory

1/20/2008 - Golf

SUN CITY, South Africa -- Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy
Delasin of the Philippines shot a 7-under 65 Sunday to beat South
Korea by two strokes at the Women's World Cup of Golf.

Ji-Yai Shin and Eun-Hee Ji were comfortably in the lead after
nine holes, but Rosales and Delasin had five birdies and finished
at 18-under 198 at the Gary Player Country Club.

Taiwan and Japan shared third place at 203.

Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst of the United States had six birdies
and a bogey for a final round 67. Their 208 gave them a share of
10th with Scotland.

"It's tough, but it is a fun golf course," Hurst said. "You
have to hit it straight, which we didn't."

Delasin sealed the win with a 15-foot putt for birdie on the
par-5 18th, after she had pulled her drive to the right of the
fairway. She threaded her second shot close to the trees onto the
fairway, and dropped her third to set up the putt.

"I had an angel with me on that [putt]," Delasin said. "I had
no fear. I just crossed my fingers and hit it."

Korea went into the final hole needing an eagle to get back into
the match. Shin's second shot aimed straight at the pin but it
veered right and bounced off a rock in the water surrounding the
island green. It landed 30 feet from the flag.

Shin finished with a birdie, Korea's second on a homeward nine
against six for the Philippines.

It was the reverse for the opening nine holes. Shin had an eagle
3 on the fifth and a birdie on the par-4 sixth, to pressure the
Philippines, who birdied the first and third holes.

Gwladys Nocera and Virginie Lagoutte-Clement of France shot 67
to finish fifth, while South Africa, Canada and Wales shared sixth.