India faltered on the back nine, dropping three crucial bogeys to throw away the chance of their best-ever finish at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup on Sunday. Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa, playing together for the second year running, finished with a final round 72 that saw them finish at 16-under 272 and in a tie for 14th place, exactly midway through the 28-nation competition.
As the curtain came down on the last major event of the year, Italian brothers, Francesco and Edoardo Molinari, combined perfectly to pip Ireland, who led the lead for almost three-and-a-half days and defending champions Sweden, who made a strong challenge.
Italy finished with a total of 29-under 259 with a final round of 68, while Ireland (70) with Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell and Sweden (69) with Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson, tied for second at 260. England were fourth, Japan fifth and Australia sixth. Five teams, Korea, Germany, Wales, South Africa and US were seventh. Venzeula and Chile shared the 12th place and then India with Denmark were 14th.
India, ninth overnight, turned in two-under with birdies on the second and fourth. They parred the rest of the front nine. On the back nine, their woes began with the tenth, where they dropped their first bogey and then came the second one on 13th as they dropped to par for the day. A birdie on the 17th was negated by a bogey on the closing hole for a 72 that saw India finish tied 14th at 16-under 272.