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Annika Sorenstam leads Sweden to World Cup victory

World number one Annika Sorenstam led Sweden to a three-stroke victory in the Women's World Cup of Golf at the Gary Player Country Club on Sunday.

Sorenstam and teammate Liselotte Neumann carded respective rounds of 70 and 77 in the singles matches to win on seven under par.

Scotland finished second on four under, with Catriona Matthew carding the low round of the day, a three under par 69.

But the aura of Sorenstam seemed to resonate around Sweden all day, with the rest of the field unable to take advantage of a run of errors by her and Neumann early on the back nine.

The duo was seven strokes clear of the field going into the back nine, but then dropped four shots between them in four holes from the 10th.

Korea and Scotland were their nearest challengers at this point. But a double bogey by Korea 's Meena Lee on the par-five 14th hurt their chances, while Scotland dropped three shots in four holes from the turn to also slip off the pace.

All of which gave Sweden the necessary room to absorb their errors, with Sorenstam bringing their challenge back on track with a superb eagle at the par-five 14th.

“The eagle on 14 was crucial. We started to struggle a bit on the back nine and the momentum certainly swung our way again with that eagle,” said Sorenstam, who shouldered most of the responsibility as partner Neumann's sublime putting touch of the previous two days deserted her on Sunday.

“I was struggling there with my bogeys at 11, 12 and 13 and it was really important when Annika eagled 14. That gave us some breathing room again,” said Neumann.

With a win so early in 2006, Sorenstam seems certain to dominate again this year.

“This is the first win of 2006. It's great to start the year this way. Hopefully it's a sign that this will be a good year,” she said.

Hosts South Africa improved on their 12th place last year with a finish of tied seventh on four over. Laurette Maritz completed a solid week with a round of level par 72 while Ashleigh Simon posted a 74.

“I'm very proud of Ashleigh. She held her own and backed me up when I wasn't quite there, and that's what playing team golf is all about,” said Maritz.

Defending champions Japan finished 12th on eight over par.

Final results below

-7  - A Sorenstam & L M Neumann 65 69 147

-4  - C I Matthew & J C Moodie 70 73 141

Par  - R D Brewerton & B Morgan 70 70 148

+1  - P Creamer & N Gulbis  68 75 146

+2  - M Lee & B B Song 65 72 153

+3  - M Baena & C Baena 69 69 153

+4  - L Maritz & A S Simon (Am) 69 77 146

+4  - M Blomqvist & R E Hakkarainen  69 69 154

+6  - R.L. Hetherington & S.L. Waugh 72 77 145, A Monke & M Nagl 70 72 152

+7  - V Zorzi & S Cavalleri  73 74 148

+8  - A Miyazato & S Yokomine  73 74 149

+10  - G Nocera & K. Icher 72 74 152

+11  - M C Hannemann & L Bemvenuti 72 77 150, A Hung & Y P Lin 67 77 155

+13  - K A Taylor & L.J. Davies 71 78 152

+14  - L Kane & A J Eathorne 70 75 157, M Prieto & P Marti Zambrano 69 74 159

+17  - D Delasin & R Quiazon 71 82 152

+18  - L T Brooky & G Scott 69 82 155

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