Melbourne - Denmark
fought off a three-pronged attack to win golf's World Cup at Kingston Heath on
Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen held their nerve after watching a four-shot
overnight lead threatened by China, France and Sweden.
pair combined superbly in the best-ball format for a closing six-under 66 to
finish on 20-under 268, four shots clear of China (65) , France (63) and the US
Kjeldsen, 41, and Olesen, 26, answered every challenge, takes turns to nail
critical birdie putts every time the lead was whittled back by the chasers.
mental strength is keeping calm and playing our own game. I wasn't too worried,
I thought the birdies would come on the back nine and they did," Olesen
duo Ashun Wu and Haotong Li crept within one stroke early on the back nine
before Kjeldsen holed a birdie putt to restore the buffer. A Victor Dubuisson
birdie at the par-three 15th propelled France to just one shot back. And this
time Olesen answered with a 7 foot putt, playing three holes behind the French,
to ward off the leader board danger.
Alex Noren and David Lingmerth playing four groups ahead, also crept within a
shot after firing a brilliant 10-under 62 to eventually finish fifth at
15-under. But no-one could overhaul the Danes.
hot putter delivered birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th holes to restore the leader
board buffer. Fittingly, the younger member of the team, who turns 27 in three
weeks, gave himself an early birthday treat by rolling in a curling 30 feet
birdie putt on the 18th green.
was effusive in his praise of his younger partner. "The psychology (of a
team) is really interesting to me. When you get a guy like this, on the back
nine you feel you want to die for this guy. I've never felt that before and
that team thing is amazing," he said.
terms, the Danish pair are an odd couple. Olesen loves to keep check of leader
boards around the course and Kjeldsen tries to avoid them. "We play
different games, we don't talk much and just play our shots and that's
helpful," Olesen said.
was Denmark's first World Cup triumph after Thomas Bjorn and Olesen finished
third behind at nearby Royal Melbourne in 2013.
who started the fourball final round nine shots back, could only ponder what
might have been with a more polished foursomes effort than the tardy third
really played quite solid (on Saturday) and ended up bogeying a couple of the
last four holes. So, one-over yesterday could have been a couple under and we
would have really been in the mix. But finishing on a good note today, we're
not going to dwell on the last few days. It has been a fun week,"
Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero reeled off an eight-under 64, but they
were just too far back to get a glimpse of the leaders.
gave ourselves a lot of birdie chances and it could have been a really low one.
It was a low one with a good finish, so we're happy about that," Manassero
Francesco gave me the opportunity to play and we had a lot of fun. I think this
is a great format and, obviously, you're representing your country. It's an
amazing field and we had a great time."
nation Australia at least gave their home galleries a sub-par salute in a
polished round built on several pinpoint approach shots from Marc Leishman
before Adam Scott rifled one to almost tap-in range at the par-three 15th to
eventually deliver a seven-under 65 to finish on -11 and tied ninth with
was nice to finally see a few putts drop and some red numbers on the leader
board. It's unfortunate that we couldn't start that on Thursday," Leishman
pair Bradley Dredge and Stuart Manley, in the first group on to the course,
redeemed themselves after Saturday's horror 80 with a flawless nine-under 63.
Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan, who tumbled down the leader board after a leaky
back nine on Saturday, also bounced back with a seven-under 65 and Germany's
Alex Cejka and Stephan Jaeger, equal last in the 28-team competition at the
halfway mark, hit back with a closing 64 to finish on -9 and tied 13th.