Saturday, 26 November 2016
Day 3 Highlights - ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf

Denmark will take a commanding four-shot lead into the final round of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf after Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen continued their sensational form at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

A stunning 60 in the fourballs on Friday had given the duo a three-shot advantage and they extended that with five birdies and three bogeys in a 70 in the foursomes that got them to 14 under.

The United States pairing of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler emerged as their nearest challengers with a round of 69, but they face an uphill battle to deny Denmark its first World Cup title.

The Danes both finished in the top 20 on this season's Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and are both in excellent form, with Olesen having recently won the Turkish Airlines Open and Kjeldsen finishing in the top five at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

Ashun Wu and Li Haotong - both winners on the European Tour this year - were then third at nine under representing China, two shots clear of France, Japan and Spain.

After narrowly missing birdie chances on the first and second, Denmark dropped their first shot in 25 holes on the third as Kjeldsen found the sand with the second shot but they bounced back with a pair of birdies. 

An excellent approach from Olesen had left Kjeldsen with little to do on the fourth and the 26 year old then drained a 12-footer for a five-shot lead.

Another birdie came on the tenth and after the pair did well to drop just a single shot after a ragged Olesen tee-shot on the 11th, he made amends with an excellent one on the short 13th to set up a gain. A three-putt bogey on the 17th then slightly took the gloss off the round.

"We showed yesterday that a really low score is possible out there in the fourballs," said Olesen.

I know how quick this game can go sometimes. It's definitely not going to be easy tomorrow - Thorbjørn Olesen

"I had a seven-shot lead in Turkey and it got down to one shot very quickly, so I know how quick this game can go sometimes. It's definitely not going to be easy tomorrow.

"There's a lot of great players here and a lot of birdies out there. It's a four-shot lead, which is really nice, but it's not going to be easy."

"You need to stay aggressive on this course but you also need to be very careful," added Kjeldsen. "We won't be protecting a lead, we still need to go out with the same mentality and make as many birdies as we can.

"We know what's possible on this course, another 60 or even lower is out there tomorrow so we'll have to go low again, because someone else probably will."

The United States three-putted the first but bounced back with a birdie on the second and when Walker made another good putt on the fifth, they were alone in second.

A bogey was to come on the seventh but Walker was putting beautifully and back-to-back birdies on the eighth and ninth were followed by another gain on the 17th as the Americans search for a 25th title.

China did well to bounce back from a terrible start as Li made a mess of the first in a double-bogey and Wu's tee-shot found the sand on the second. Birdies then followed on the fourth, fifth and 11th to get the Chinese pair back to level par for the day.

The Japanese pair of Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa came home in 35 in a 71 while Frenchmen Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque went round in 72 with the help of an eagle on the eighth.

Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm signed for a 73 to also sit at seven under, a shot clear of Italy and two ahead of Ireland, New Zealand and Sweden.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1Søren KJELDSEN and Thorbjørn OLESENDEN18-20
T2WU Ashun and LI HaotongCHN18-16
T2Rickie FOWLER and Jimmy WALKERUSA18-16
5Alex NOREN and David LINGMERTHSWE18-15
T6Francesco MOLINARI and Matteo MANASSEROITA18-14

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