South Africa’s Bobby Cole, never one to take a big lead for granted, worried his way to a double victory in the 22nd World Cup of Golf Tournament. “I Really wasn’t very sure we would win.” said the South African after his victory Sunday. “You know, if you haven’t done it before you’re not sure what you can do.”
On this day, In 1974 Bobby Cole wins the World Cup of Golf held in Caracas, Venezuela
Cole and his teammate Dale Hayes combined to give South Africa team honors by five strokes over the Japanese team. Cole’s resilience allowed him to capture the individual completion over Japan’s Jumbo Ozaki by five strokes.
Hayes just 22 years old and Cole being 26, became the youngest pair ever to win the World Cup.
Cole fired a closing two-under par 68 over the 6,763-yard Lagunita CC course for a 72 hole total of 271. Hayes finished with a 72 for a total of 283, giving the South Africans a 554 total. Six shots under par. Ozaki shot a 71 for 276 and teammate Isao Aoki added a 73 for a 283.
The United States, which had putting problems all week, finished third at 563 with Hale Irwin winding up third in individual play at 283 and Lee Trevino two shots back at 285.