A second round 60 boosted team Denmark into the lead at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, but it took a late push in the final round to help them capture the title for the 1st time.
Playing over the Kingston Heath golf club, Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen successfully converted a four shot overnight lead into a win courtesy of their closing 66. That pushed them to a -20 total.
Mid-way through the final round the veteran Kjeldsen (41) and the younger Oleson (26) were playing rather flat while teams from China, France and Sweden made a strong effort at surpassing them. Ultimately the Danish duo sank a number of clutch putts to finish four shots ahead of China, France, and Sweden.
“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,” Olesen said.
The long-hitting Oleson showed his game was about more than length as he sank critical birdie putts on the 13th, 14th, and 15th holes. His final birdie on the 18th established the final 4-stroke margin.
Oleson was part of the Danish team (along with Thomas Bjorn) that finished third in the World Cup of Golf in 2013.
Kjeldsen and Oleson split (USD) $2,560,000 for the victory.
Team Canada put up a 66 of their own on Sunday. The pairing of David Hearn and Adam Hadwin finished the week at -10 to secure a share of 11th place along the team from New Zealand. For their efforts the Canadian pair picked up (USD) $105,000.