Congratulatory messages are flooding the fan sites: "CAMPIONI DEL MONDO!" ... "Vivissime congratulazioni!!! Seguo attraverso i miei nipoti tutti i vostri successi." ... "Che emozione!!! Grazie fratelloni!" ... "Mamma mia che vittoria!!!Fantastici!!!Siete Grandissimi!!!" ... "VITTORIA DEI FRATELLI!"
What that all means, basically, is "congratulations and thank you"... but it sounds much sexier in Italian.
A couple of days ago I expressed a desire to see two brothers from Turin win the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup ...and the marvelous Molinari Brothers did just that, finishing at 29 under and earning $875,000 each, in a tournament that featured two rounds of better ball and two of alternate shot. This made them the first pair of brothers and the first Italians ever to win the World Cup title.
It seemed like a long shot back on Friday. The Irish team was on fire with Rory McIlroy and Graham McDowell playing perfectly together, and going into the final round it looked like Ireland was edging towards the title.
Defending champion Sweden was a force to be reckoned with as well. Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson put up a valiant fight throughout, finishing tied for second with Ireland, just one shot behind the winning brothers, at 28 under.
Fourth place (and the GGD Best Golf Pants Award) went to England's team of Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher. Japan's Ryuji Imada and Hiroyuki Fujita rounded out the top five, while Americans Nick Watney and John Merrick had the best round of the day yesterday... a 10-under 62... that gave them a sixth-place tie at 20 under... and showed the spectators what could have been.
The OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup is a special tournament, providing a taste of what golf in the Olympics will be like by bringing to life the game's global side. On that note, be sure to read PGA Tour writer Laura Livsey's engaging profile of the Pakistan team and their experience this year at Mission Hills.
Now let me get over to the Molinari brothers' Facebook pages and add my own message of congratulazioni.
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