Melbourne - Thorbjorn
Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen each have one hand on Denmark's first World
Cup of Golf trophy, but to create history they must see off America,
which has won more than any other.
Denmark's dynamic duo will start the final round at Kingston Heath in
Melbourne with a four-shot lead after Olesen and the more experienced
Kjeldsen continued their rise with a two-under-par 70 in foursomes on
To seal the most significant victory in Danish golfing history, the
pair now at 14-under must outplay much higher-ranked opponents in the
last group - Rickie Fowler (12) and Jimmy Walker (20) of the United
The format switches back to the more scoring-friendly four ball play on Sunday.
Fowler and Walker kept in touch with the underdogs by negotiating an
equal-best three-under-par 69 to go 10-under overall, thanks to clutch
putting from Walker.
Leading by three at the start of play, Denmark appeared to be
coasting as they opened a six-shot lead after four birdies and just one
bogey through the first 10 holes.
But it looked like the tide could turn when Olesen lost his drive on the par four 11th.
Denmark were forced to drop a ball in deep rough near an out of
bounds fence, despite Olesen disputing the official's ruling regarding
It took a brilliant recovery shot and then a pressure putt from
Kjeldsen to limit the damage to just a bogey and maintain his team's
The closest Denmark has come to winning the World Cup was back in
2001 when Thomas Bjorn and Soren Hansen finished equal second to South
China's pursuit of their first World Cup victory has been the other
major story of the week, but it seemed a distant prospect after a double
bogey and a bogey on the first two holes on Saturday.
However Ashun Wu and Li Haotong stayed positive to endure a
rollercoaster even-par round that kept them at nine-under overall,
probably close enough to pull off what would be an incredible triumph.
Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa posted a 71 for Japan, while Victor
Dubuisson and Romain Langasque carded a 72 for France to sit equal
fourth at seven-under with Spanish duo Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm,
who scored a 73.
England, meanwhile, will be kicking themselves after a nightmare back nine culminated in a five-over par 77.
That score included four bogeys and a double bogey, adding up to a
birthday Chris Wood would rather forget as he and Andy Sullivan dropped
from equal fourth overnight to tied 17th.
Saturday's third round all but finished the title defence of the home
nation Australia, represented by Adam Scott and Marc Leishman. They
will start the final round 10 shots off the pace.
Scores on Saturday after the third round of the World Cup at the par-72 Kingston Heath course in Melbourne:
202 - Denmark (Soren Kjeldsen/Thorbjorn Olesen) 72-60-70
206 - USA (Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker) 70-67-69
207 - China (Wu Ashun/Li Haotong) 70-65-72
209 - Japan (Hideki Matsuyama/Ryo Ishikawa) 73-65-71, France (Victor
Dubuisson/Romain Langasque) 70-67-72, Spain (Rafa Cabrera Bello/Jon
210 - Italy (Francesco Molinari/Matteo Manassero) 71-66-73
211 - Ireland (Shane Lowry/Graeme McDowell) 72-69-70, New Zealand
(Danny Lee/Ryan Fox) 75-64-72, Sweden (Alex Noren/David Lingmerth)
212 - Canada (David Hearn/Adam Hadwin) 75-68-69, Belgium (Thomas
Pieters/Nicolas Colsaerts) 73-69-70, Australia (Adam Scott/Marc
Leishman) 74-68-70, Austria (Bernd Wiesberger/Martin Wiegele) 73-68-71
213 - South Africa (Jaco van Zyl/George Coetzee) 76-66-71, Taiwan (Pan Cheng-tsung/Chan Shih-chang) 74-65-74
214 - Portugal (Ricardo Gouveia/Jose-Filipe Lima) 74-68-72,
Netherlands (Joost Luiten/Darius van Driel) 75-64-75, England (Chris
Wood, Andy Sullivan) 71-66-77
215 - Germany (Alex Cejka/Stephan Jaeger) 74-71-70, Scotland (Russell
Knox/Duncan Stewart) 78-65-72, India (SSP Chawrasia/S. Chikkarangappa)
216 - Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee/Kiradech Aphibarnrat) 73-66-77
217 - Malaysia (Danny Chia/Nicholas Fung) 77-68-72
218 - Venezuela (Jhonattan Vegas/Julio Vegas) 74-68-76
219 - South Korea (An Byeong-Hun/K.T. Kim) 74-69-76
220 - Wales (Bradley Dredge/Stuart Manley) 74-66-80
221 - Philippines (Miguel Tabuena/Angelo Que) 77-67-77