Sunday, 27 November 2016
Søren Kjeldsen  (Getty Images)
Søren Kjeldsen (Getty Images)

Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen maintained their four-shot lead at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf as they made a steady start to the final round at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

The Danish pair had stamped their authority on the event with a 60 in the fourballs on Friday and as play returned to that format in round four, they opened with three pars to stay at 14 under.

That kept them ahead of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker of the United States - who also parred their first three holes - with China a further shot back.

Spain, Sweden, Ireland, France and Japan were then all at eight under.

The leaders endured a slightly shaky start but Kjeldsen was the hero, sinking an impressive par putt to keep the gap at four on the first and that was maintained with another par on the par three second.

Pars followed on the third from Denmark, the United States and China as the teams behind jostled for position.

The Spanish paring of Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm had birdied the second to get out of the ever-expanding group at seven under.

Alex Cejka and Stephan  Jaeger of Germany have spent most of the week at the wrong end of the leaderboard but they made four birdies and an eagle in their first ten holes.

Sweden and Ireland both birdied the the third and fourth to also sit seven shots off the lead, with the Italian pair of Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero having made a birdie on the fourth.

Shane Lowry made it three in a row for Ireland to join Spain at eight under and a birdie from France on the fourth also saw them move into a share of fourth.

That group was growing all the time and it expanded to five teams when the Swedes added a third birdie of the day on the sixth and Japan made their first gain on the third.

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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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