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

Denmark saw their lead cut to two shots as the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf was set for a dramatic conclusion at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen had been brilliant over the first three days, with a 60 in the fourballs on Friday helping them open up a four-shot lead heading into the final round.

With the play returning to fourballs again on Sunday, the duo were hot favourites to win the World Cup for Denmark for the first time but they could only turn in level par, staying at 14 under and allowing the chasing pack to close in.

The Chinese pair of Ashun Wu and Li Haotong turned in three under par to sit at 12 under alongside the American team of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, who were two under for their first nine holes.

France, Sweden and Japan were then a further shot back.

The final group of Denmark and the United States failed to find their rhythm early as they scrambled to pars on the first four holes and that gave the chasing pack the chance to close the gap.

China began the day five shots off the lead but they made back-to-back birdies from the fourth for the second day in a row, with Li holing a beautiful left-to-righter on the fifth.

Japan got to ten under with three birdies in a row from the third - Ryo Ishikawa hitting a stunning approach to the fifth - and all of a sudden, there was a little bit of pressure on the Danes.

Fowler hit possibly the shot of the week on the fifth as he cut a wedge into the green from some nasty stuff but he could not make the birdie putt and neither could the Danes as the par run continued.

The lead was back at four, though, as China dropped a shot on the sixth, and France joined them at ten under when Romain Langasque made it three birdies in four holes on the seventh.

The United States at last made their first birdie on the sixth - and in some style - with Walker inches from making a hole-in-one, but Kjeldsen also made his birdie from five feet and the lead stayed at four.

Ahead on the seventh, Wu and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan both made birdies and an eight-footer from Victor Dubuisson on the eighth for France meant there was a four-way tie at 11 under.

China jumped out of that group courtesy of a right-to-lefter from Li on the eighth and the Americans had two looks at eagle on the same hole but could only make the birdie.

That still represented a two-shot swing as Kjeldsen and Olesen got in trouble off the tee and the lead was suddenly down to two.

Sweden have gone about their business quietly all week and they reached 11 under with birdies on the third, fourth, sixth, eighth, tenth and 12th.

Australia, Canada, Italy and Spain were all at ten under.

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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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