Francesco and Edoardo Molinari won the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for Italy, firing a closing 68 to finish one shot clear of Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.

The Italian brothers came into the final round a shot behind the Irish pairing but they pegged back the deficit before three consecutive birdies on the back nine gave them a narrow advantage they maintained until the end.

It was a first World Cup victory for Italy and a second title in two weeks for Edoardo who won the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan last Sunday. Brother Francesco was delighted with the manner of their win at Mission Hills.

“It’s really great for Italy. I think we deserved it as we attacked from the first day with every putt and every shot and we tried to make as many birdies as possible,” he said.

As well as a winner’s cheque for over €1 million the brothers were also awarded a rare bottle of 30-year-old Ballantines whisky.

Ireland who led after rounds one, two and three played a solid final round of two-under-par 70 but they came up just short of the Italian’s winning total.

“I’m very happy for Italy,” said McIlroy. “For two brothers to go out and win a title like this, it’s incredible. It will be a great sense of satisfaction in the family tonight and across the whole country. It’s been a great week and Graeme and I really enjoyed it.”

Consolation for the Irish came in the fact they recorded the lowest round of the week – a 58 in the opening day’s fourball. The pair were awarded a bottle of Ballantine’s 21-year-old for that effort. McDowell is an international brand ambassador for the whisky.

Defending champions Sweden finished the week in a tie for second with the Irish while the English duo of Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher fired a closing 64 to climb to fourth spot.

Omega Mission Hills World Cup
Mission Hills GC, China
Nov 26-29, purse $5,500,000, par 72

1    Italy            64    66    61    68    259    €1,135,680
    Edoardo Molinari / Francesco Molinari
T2    Ireland        58    68    64    70    260    €484,334
    Graeme McDowell / Rory McIlroy
T2    Sweden        64    65    62    69    260    €484,334
    Robert Karlsson / Henrik Stenson
4    England        66    69    63    64    262    €205,758
    Ian Poulter / Ross Fisher
5    Japan            62    71    64    69    266    €153,650
    Hiroyuki Fujita / Ryuji Imada
6    Australia        68    70    62    67    267    €133,609
    Stuart Appleby / Robert Allenby
T7    Wales            66    68    64    70    268    €85,510
    Stephen Dodd / Jamie Donaldson
T7    South Africa    65    70    62    71    268    €85,510
    Rory Sabbatini / Richard Sterne
T7    Germany        66    71    66    65    268    €85,510
    Martin Kaymer / Alex Cejka
T7    USA            67    72    67    62    268    €85,510
    Nick Watney / John Merrick
T7    Korea            64    75    61    68    268    €85,510
    Charlie Wi / Yong-eun Yang