On the first two days the Thais were paired with also-rans. Then for the third round they were thrust into the big time with Argentina, playing just ahead of the U.S. and Taiwan. Far from crumbling, the Thais reacted like old hands, and halfway through the third round roared into the lead, past the struggling Chinese and Americans. But the Thai lead was short-lived. The two former caddies had been too nervous to take breakfast Saturday morning, and the heat and humidity got to them on the back nine. "We both beat out," said Onchum, a tiny 5'2" 114-pounder who nonetheless managed another 67. A 73 by Suwanapongs left the Thai team third after 54 holes—only three shots behind going into the final day.
Taiwan's Hsieh, with 69, and Hsu, with 70, regained the lead from Thailand on the last four holes on Saturday, while playing head to head with Moody and Trevino, and increased their margin over the Americans to two shots going into the final round. "We want win bad," said Hsieh, "to get invite to American Masters, we hope." With an eight-under-par 205, Hsieh clung to a two-stroke lead for individual honors over the surprising little Onchum. The Americans felt frustrated. "We just couldn't gain on those Chinese," lamented Moody. "They're tough little competitors." Trevino, recalling the Chinese collapse at Rome in the final round last year, promised, "We'll catch 'em tomorrow for sure."
Trevino was good as his word. On Sunday he and Moody blanketed their Asian challengers in a blizzard of birdies. By the end of the first six holes the Americans were far in front, and wound up easy winners by eight strokes over the steady Japanese. Argentina finished fast to take third. Taiwan and Thailand shared fourth place, followed by the Philippines.
Though the Thai team was quickly outclassed in the last round, little Sukree Onchum held the individual lead most of the way and was even with Trevino and De Vicenzo coming to the final green. But Onchum trapped his approach and bogeyed. Trevino ran down a 30-foot putt for a birdie to match De Vicenzo's newly set course record of 65 and win the individual championship with 275. "If I'da played that way in the Alcan I'd be rich," he said. But there was no regret in his voice. At the award ceremony Trevino donated the prize money ($1,000 for low individual score and $1,000 for low team score) for the establishment of a scholarship fund for caddies at the Bukit club. Juan Trippe, IGA president, hailed the move as "a wonderful gesture, in keeping with the spirit of the World Cup."
Trevino was the dramatic winner but Thailand's Onchum was the hero of the 6,000-strong gallery—biggest in Singapore's history. Moody, who had contributed a fine 69 on the final round, and Trevino hoisted Onchum into the air after he holed out and carried him off the 18th green in triumph.
Dave Thomas of Wales, the man who won the most money at Singapore, finished far down the list in both team and individual competitions. Thomas scored a hole in one at the 224-yard 12th on the second day and got $3,333 and a round-the-world air ticket for his shot. Only in the World Cup could that insignificant sum be high money in golf's golden age.