November 27, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
It was too little, too late for England, but the final-round 63 by Ian Poulter and Justin Rose will certainly make the flight home a bit more jovial as the duo finished tied for second at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, two strokes behind the winning squad from the United States.
The 63 in the alternate shot format was the best round of the day by three shots, and was just one shot off the final-round foursome low since the event moved to its current format in 2000.
Starting the day tied for 15th and eight shots back of the 54-hole leader Ireland, Poulter and Rose were frustrated after three days of what the duo themselves characterized as sub-par golf.
“We as Team England were a little subdued last night, I don't think either of us were much company,” Poulter said. “We stayed in our own rooms and kind of rightly so. I think yesterday was disappointing to shoot 4-under par in four-ball. To go and shoot 9-under par in foursomes is crazy.”
Rose and Poulter both touched on what sparked the Sunday run up the leaderboard.
“To be honest with you, I felt like today was a bit about coming out and playing for pride,” he said. “You always have pride when you are playing for your country but it was about restoring in individual pride for ourselves, really. Both four-ball days were uncharacteristic for us, and today was fun. We gelled and finally got the right rhythm and right intensity and I think when we do get that, we match up really, really well.”
“When we look back at rounds of golf, that's why we play golf,” Poulter said.