Japan's Shigeki Maruyama and Toshimitsu Izawa won the World Cup of Golf yesterday when the American team of Phil Mickelson and David Toms made double bogey on the final hole.
Japan won the two-man event with a score of 36 under par. The United States team, which shot par or better through the first 17 holes of the round, was second at 34-under in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Korea and England tied for third at 30 under, with defending champion South Africa at 29 under. The final round was played in alternate shot format.
Mickelson and Toms, who started the day three shots back of Maruyama and Izawa, came to the par-4 18th with a one-shot lead before Mickelson hit his tee shot into the rough. Toms then pulled his shot left of the green. The ball skipped along the edge of the green before rolling into a hazard.
Playing in the group behind the Americans, Maruyama rolled in a birdie putt at the par-3 17th to tie the U.S. at 36 under.
After taking several minutes to decide what to do, Mickelson took a drop. His fourth shot ran about 15 feet past the pin and Toms's putt for bogey slid by the right side of the hole.
Maruyama then hit a great approach shot on the 18th, giving Izawa an easy two-foot putt for par.
The American team took its first lead of the tournament on the par-4 13th, where Toms and Mickelson birdied and Maruyama and Izawa made double bogey.
The Americans made birdie to go to 35 under.
Arsenal Takes Top Spot
Arsenal tied Tottenham, 1-1, on the road, moving one point ahead in the Premier League.
Tottenham scored in the 11th minute on Christian Ziege's free kick. Arsenal evened the score during first-half injury time on Robert Pires' penalty kick. Tottenham goalkeeper Kasey Keller had pulled down Arsenal's Thierry Henry in the box.
In other games, Sunderland upset Liverpool, 2-1, and Birmingham City stopped Fulham, 1-0. It was Liverpool's fourth straight league loss, its worst run in nine years.
Arsenal has 36 points followed by Manchester United (35), Chelsea (34), Everton (32), Liverpool (31) and Newcastle (29). . . .
Lazio beat defending champion Juventus, 2-1, in the Italian league, getting two goals by Stefano Fiore to stretch its unbeaten streak to 13 games.
First-place AC Milan beat last-place Como, 2-1, on the road and Inter Milan downed Atalanta, 1-0.
AC Milan leads Serie A with 32 points, followed by Lazio with 31 and Inter Milan with 30. Juventus shares fourth place with Chievo and Bologna with 26 points.
Volunteers Open in Cuba
The University of Tennessee opened a baseball tour of Havana with a 2-0 win over a team of local youth all-stars.
This was the first visit to Cuba by a Division I baseball team since Washington went in September 2000.
Tennessee starter Ben Riley held the host team to four hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.
Two more games are scheduled today and Tuesday. Another U.S. team, Lee (Tenn.) University, was to play several games as well.
Hungary Downs U.S.
Hungary beat the United States, 8-7, to win the World Cup women's championship in Perth, Australia.
Agnes Primasz scored twice in the last quarter for the Hungarians. After scoring with 1 minute 29 seconds left, Primasz floated a shot over U.S. goalkeeper Jacqueline Frank in the last 50 seconds for her third goal of the match.
Canada held off Russia, 6-5, to win the bronze medal.
Gaborik Has the Flu
Minnesota Wild right wing Marian Gaborik sat out yesterday's game against Carolina with the flu.
Gaborik is the Wild's leading scorer with 19 goals and 10 assists this season. On Saturday, four Wild players came down with flu-like symptoms before their game at Nashville, and Jim Dowd was scratched.