Sunday, November 27, 2016

Scotland finish T19 in World Cup

Great Danes are first-time winners, by four from USA, China , France

Denmark won the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf for the first time as Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen claimed a thrilling four-shot victory at Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia.
The Danes had been a dominant force all week, with a stunning round of 60 in the four-balls on Friday helping them carry a four-shot lead into a final day where they played the same format.
They did not have it all their own way, however, and the lead was cut to one shot on the back nine as the United States and China both kept applying pressure, whilst France and Sweden made late surges.
But a run of five birdies in six holes from the tenth reasserted the Danes’ dominance, and Kjeldsen and Olesen ultimately ran out comfortable victors after finishing on 20 under par with a closing better-ball round of 66.
The French pair of Victor Dubuisson and Romian Langasque shared second place alongside China – represented by Wu Ashun and Li Haotong – and the United States duo of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker.
Alex Noren and David Lingmerth combined for a brilliant closing 62 to finish shots five back for Sweden in fifth place.
The win completes excellent seasons for Kjeldsen and Olesen, with both finishing in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and the latter extending his streak of winning seasons on the European Tour to three with victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.
Denmark’s previous best finish at the World Cup of Golf had been in 2001, when Thomas Bjørn and Soren Hansen finished in a tie for second after losing in a play-off.
For Kjeldsen it was a first victory in his sixth outing, while Olesen was making his third appearance.
Ireland (277) finished best of the four home countries with England (279) next and Scotland (282) tied for 19th place. Wales finished on 283 after a very good last better-ball round.
Key quotes
Soren Kjeldsen:
 “To win this beautiful trophy is amazing, and I think what’s so special about it is that we don’t get to lift a trophy with another player very often. So to experience that team feeling makes it even more special than an individual event.
"We have both had good years and we finish them off like this, so obviously that builds the confidence hugely and is an incredible end to the season.”
Thorbjorn Olesen: “I had the feeling every time on the green that I really wanted to hole the putt, not just for me but for my partner too.  Then all of a sudden on the back nine, they just started rolling in. It was not just for me, it was for Soren and me and our caddies and our country.
"That’s very special. When you hole a putt and you can fist pump with your partner and your caddies, it makes it a lot more fun. It was a real four-man team this week. I thought both of our caddies did a tremendous job this week keeping us calm, and allowing us to play our game.”
Wu Ashun: “We almost touched the trophy. But we played very well this week and also very well today. My partner was very exciting today. We made eight birdies today and the only bogey was when we missed a short putt. So it was a good score and we have to be very happy with the week overall.”
Rickie Fowler“We wanted to get off to a quick start and we knew we wanted to go out and play aggressively. We hit the shots, just didn’t get anything to go in early. 
"So I felt like from tee to green, we didn’t really miss many shots. It’s always easier if you hit it a little bit closer, but really we just didn’t get the putts to go in early enough.”
Victor Dubuisson: “It was a great day. I think we couldn’t really do any better. To shoot nine under was a great score, because the pin positions were very difficult. 
"Romain started the round really well, he made some very important putts on the first seven holes, which are very difficult. Then I made a good birdie on eight and we were four under. So I thought we had a good chance, but in the end we were a little bit short.”
par 288 (4x72)
1 Søren KJELDSEN / Thorbjørn OLESEN Denmark 72 60 70 66 268 
T2 WU Ashun / LI Haotong China 70 65 72 65 272 
T2 Victor DUBUISSON / Romain LANGASQUE France 70 67 72 63 272 
T2 Rickie FOWLER / Jimmy WALKER USA 70 67 69 66 272 
5 Alex NOREN / David LINGMERTH Sweden 72 66 73 62 273
T6 Francesco MOLINARI / Matteo MANASSERO Italy 71 66 73 64 274 
T6 Hideki MATSUYAMA / Ryo ISHIKAWA Japan 73 65 71 65 274 
8 Rafa CABRERA BELLO / Jon RAHM Spain 69 67 73 66 275 
T9 Shane LOWRY / Graeme McDOWELL Ireland 72 69 70 66 277 
T9 Adam SCOTT / Marc LEISHMAN Australia 74 68 70 65 277 
T11 Danny LEE / Ryan FOX New Zealand 75 64 72 67 278 
T11 David HEARN / Adam HADWIN Canada 75 68 69 66 278 
T13 Jaco VAN ZYL / George COETZEE South Africa 76 66 71 66 279
T13 Chris WOOD / Andy SULLIVAN England 71 66 77 65 279 
T13 Alex CEJKA / Stephan JAEGER Germany 74 71 70 64 279 
T13 Thomas PIETERS / Nicolas COLSAERTS Belgium 73 69 70 67 279 
T17 Bernd WIESBERGER / Martin WIEGELE Austria 73 68 71 68 280 
T17 Joost LUITEN / Darius VAN DRIEL Netherlands 75 64 75 66 280 
T19 Thongchai JAIDEE / Kiradech APHIBARNRAT Thailand 73 66 77 66 282 
T19 Russell KNOX / Duncan STEWART Scotland 78 65 72 67 282
T19 C T Pan / CHAN Shih-chang Chinese Taipei 74 65 74 69 282 
T22 Danny CHIA / Nicholas FUNG Malaysia 77 68 72 66 283 -5
T22 Bradley DREDGE / Stuart MANLEY Wales 74 66 80 63 283 
T22 S S P CHAWRASIA /  S CHIKKARANGAPPAIndia 74 66 75 68 283
T22 Byeong Hun AN / K T KIM South Korea 74 69 76 64 283
26 Ricardo GOUVEIA / José-Filipe LIMA Portugal 74 68 72 70 284
27 Jhonattan VEGAS / Julio VEGAS Venezuela 74 68 76 67 285 
28 Miguel TABUENA / Angelo QUE Philippines 77 67 77 70 291 

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