DENMARK CLINCH WORLD CUP WIN
Monday 28 November 2016
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With the inaugural multi-sport 2018 European Championships staging the first ever European Golf Team Championship in barely 20 months’ time, there was huge interest in the outcome of the four-day World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, which saw Denmark run out the winners by four strokes on Sunday.
Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen shot a six-under 66 in the fourballs on the final day to give Denmark their first World Cup of Golf victory with a 20-under-par total of 268.
"It's difficult to describe my feelings," said Kjeldsen, who holed a 20-yard putt on the last hole. "We both came in this week in good form and we just gelled so well. A friendship has been built as well.”
The Danish pair didn’t panic under the pressure and successfully defended a four-shot lead over the USA going into the final day.
"Our 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," added Olesen.
European teams occupied six of the top 10 positions with France tying with China and the USA for second place at on 16-under.
The French pair of Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque shot a final round of 63 to move up from fourth.
Sweden's Alex Noren and David Lingmerth were the top team on the final day with a brilliant 10-under 62 to eventually finish fifth at 15-under, bouncing back in impressive fashion after they saw their chances of victory realistically disappear on Saturday after a lacklustre 73.
"We really played quite solid (on Saturday) but ended up bogeying a couple of the last four holes. So, one-over yesterday could have been a couple under and then 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," lamented Lingmerth.
The European Golf Team Championship in 2018 should be highly competitive and is expected to bring together many of Europe’s top golfers of both genders, but be a great deal of fun as well.
The tournament which will be held on the historic Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary Course, the host venue of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Backed by both the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour, the championships will see men and women compete for their countries on the same course simultaneously in top-level competition for the first time in the history of the sport.
The tournament will be staged over five days, and include men’s team, women’s team and mixed team competitions in a Match Play format.
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