- U.S. pair of Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland win golf's World Cup
- They shoot final round 67 in foursomes to win by two shots
- Germany and England finish tied for second after strong final rounds
- Overnight leaders Ireland slip back to a tie for fourth
The United States pair of Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland came charging through the field with a final round five-under-par 67 to win golf's World Cup in China.
It was the first win for the U.S. in the competition since Tiger Woods and David Duval in 2000 and a record 24th overall.
England's Ian Poulter and Justin Rose carded a best-of-the-day 63 in the alternate shot foursomes format to share second place with Germany, two shots behind the winning pair.
Greame McDowell and Rory McIlroy led overnight for Ireland, but a disappointing level-par 72 saw them fall back into a tie for fourth with Scotland, the Netherlands and Australia, a further shot back.
Kuchar, who was part of the winning U.S. team at the Presidents Cup last week, and Woodland carded six birdies against a single bogey at Mission Hills Resort on Hainan Island to finish on 24-under-par 264.
Ireland, looking to improve on their runners-up spot to defending champions Italy from 2009, were left to rue a pair of short par putts missed by U.S. Open champion McIlroy which derailed their challenge.
But it was the U.S. team who emerged as deserved champions, maintaining a two-shot lead they built over the German pair of Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka.
"We really clicked. It's fantastic to win for the U.S." said the big-hitting Woodland.
"Undoubtedly the shots on the 12th and 13th were key. It was a great moment to shoot a par when you expected a bogey," added Kuchar.
Meanwhile, England had set the clubhouse pace with their brilliant nine-under-par effort as Rose and Poulter carded eight birdies and an eagle, but they had left themselves too much to do.