2016 World Cup of Golf
Melbourne, Australia – Team Denmark led by four heading into the final round of the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf at the highly acclaimed Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne.
41-year-old Soren Kjeldsen and 26-year-old Thorbjorn Olesen forged a team of unstoppable chemistry to hold off a stellar field. The only drama came after a mediocre front nine by the leaders, and a blistering hot Team Sweden charged to within a stroke after Alex Noren and David Lingmerth fired a final round 62 in the Best-Ball format. China and Team France had also made a run whittling the lead to one as well, but Olesen caught fire with birdies on holes 13 thru 15 and another at the last to finish at 20 under par (268 total). The final round 66 was good enough for a four-stroke win, the Dane’s first World Cup Victory ever. (In 2013, Team Denmark had their best previous finish when Olesen teamed with Thomas Bjorn at Royal Melbourne to finish tied for third).
Thorbjorn Olesen seemed anything but surprised by his team’s performance: “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.
Team China, France, and the United States all finished tied for second at 16 under par. The home team, Australia finished at -11 tied with Ireland for ninth place.