Sunday, 27 November 2016
Views from the Top - ISPS World Cup Of Golf (Day 4)

Victor Dubuisson did not feel he and France team-mate Romain Langasque could have done anything more as they closed with a 63 in the fourballs to finish in a share of second at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf.

Rounds of 70-67-72 had kept the French duo within touching distance of eventual winners Denmark and when Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen made a sluggish start on Sunday, they were in a position to pounce.

Langasque had made some excellent putts as France turned in 31 and when Dubuisson caught fire on the back nine, rattling off four birdies in a row from the 12th, they were within one of the lead.

The Danes then pulled away with gains on the 13th, 14th, 15th and last but another Dubuisson birdie on the 18th sealed a share of second and the two-time Turkish Airlines Open champion was happy with his team's work.

"It was a great day," he said. "I don't think we can really do any better, nine under is a great score. The pin positions were so difficult.

"Romain started the round really well, he made some very important putts on the first seven holes which are more difficult, and then I made a good birdie on eight.

"We were both on the fairways, on the greens, so we had many, many birdie opportunities."

Langasque added: "I was really under pressure before this week to play with Victor and to play in a big tournament like this one.

"I'm so happy to finish the tournament with that position, nine under on the last round, that's amazing."

It was a great day. I don't think we can really do any better - Victor Dubuisson

Sweden went one better than the French pair, with Alex Noren and David Lingmerth carding a closing 62 but they finished a shot behind after opening rounds of 72-66-73.

The Swedes also turned in 31 but made six birdies on the back nine, and Noren relished the chance to play in a team environment.

"We had so much fun," he said. "You don't get to play a team event often. I'm a lot more nervous this week than usual because you want to do well for your friend, you don't want to put him in the bush or anything, you don't want to charge a putt too much or something like that.

"So you have that in the back of your head and it's hard to get rid of that. But also if you hit a good shot, it's good for both of us. So it's a great week."

The Chinese team of Ashun Wu and Li Haotong finished in a share of second to put some gloss on a season that has seen them both win on the European Tour.

Li was disappointed with a closing 65 but believes China can emulate the Danes and win a first World Cup soon.

"I kind of feel average because we didn't play our best again today, even this week," he said.

"I think we still have a lot of chance to win the trophy in future, so I'm looking forward."

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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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