Australia Day at the World Cup

Sun 24 Nov 2013

Australia Day at the World Cup

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Melbourne, VIC, November 24: Australia's Jason Day won the individual and team titles at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf on Sunday to complete an emotional week at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
At the start of the week, Day, who is half Filipino, revealed that he had lost eight family members following the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines but he rode on his emotions to win the individual category with a winning total of 10-under-par 274 after closing with a one-under-par 70.
He edged out Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, who fought gallantly until dropping two bogeys in his last three holes to settle for second place while Adam Scott, another home hero, finished third after a superb 66.
The Australians won the team title by a massive 10 shots from the American team of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman while Japan's Hideto Tanihara and Ryo Ishakawa shared third place with Denmark's Bjorn and Torbjorn Olesen.
Day, who won US$1.2 million for the individual victory and shared US$600,000 with Scott, said he would discuss with his mother, Denning on how to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan later.
He said: “It was a complete honour to win here at Royal Melbourne. To win in front of the Melbourne fans who are so passionate about their sport was an amazing feeling.
“It feels great. I just really don’t know what to think right now. All the hard work and dedication that I have put into my game over the last five or 10 years is paying off. It’s taken me a while to get my second win as a pro, and it couldn’t be more fitting with Scotty by my side winning the World Cup here in Melbourne.”
Björn was left to rue two bogeys in his last three holes, but the Dane was typically magnanimous in defeat. He said: “Obviously I’m disappointed, but on the whole it’s been a great week. It’s been a real pleasure to play on this golf course, and I couldn’t be happier for Jason winning. He has gone through a rough time of late, and for him to even be here is massive.
“So to go and win a golf tournament in the circumstances, and for Australia to win the team event, that’s what all the people came to see. There’s nothing for smaller populated countries than when their sports stars do really well, and these two guys [Day and Scott] are fantastic.”