"Danish delight, China enjoys best finish #WorldCupofGolf"

Sun 27 Nov 2016

"Danish delight, China enjoys best finish #WorldCupofGolf"

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Melbourne, Australia, November 27: Wu Ashun and Li Haotong delivered China’s best ever finish at the US$8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf by coming in tied second behind champions Denmark at Kingston Heath Golf Club on Sunday.
The Chinese duo fought superbly in the final day’s fourball session, combining effectively for a seven-under-par 65 and a 16-under- 272 aggregate to end the week four behind Danish duo Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen. It was Denmark’s first victory in the World Cup of Golf.
American’s Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker fired a closing 66 to share second place while Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque carded a fine 63 to also finish joint runner-up in the 28-nation event.
Wu and Li, both winners on the European Tour, were disappointed they did not push the Danes till the finish line, missing birdie chances on 17 and 18. Still, it was China’s best outing in the World Cup of Golf as Li and Wu improved on Zhang Lian-wei and Liang Wen-chong’s tied 11th finish at the 2008 edition.
Wu Ashun. Wu Ashun.
Wu said: “We almost got the trophy. We played very well this week, also today. Playing with my partner Li was very exciting. After four holes and making two birdies, I thought we had a chance to touch the trophy as we were only two behind. My partner is a great player. We’ll keep in touch, keep practising hard and I know we can do better next time. Chinese players can win the tournament.”
The slender Li, winner of his national Open this year on the European Tour, felt he left some shots out on the course as they shared US$880,333 for their gallant effort. “We feel average as we didn’t really play our best. We still have a lot of chances to win this trophy, so I’m looking forward to it. This will certainly help the game in China. We have a big future,” said the 21-year-old, who was born in 1995 - the year China hosted its first World Cup of Golf.
“Over the last few holes we missed some putts which could have cost us some US$500,00o. I think it’s a decent finish and hopefully next time we will play great again.”
Victory was sweet for the 41-year-old Kjeldsen and Olesen, 26, who had finished third in the last World Cup of Golf in 2013, also held in Melbourne. They earned the champions’ cheque of US$2.56 million.
Holding a four-shot overnight lead, Olesen and Kjeldsen saw their advantage reduced to one with a subdued outward 35 but they stormed home in 31 to deliver an historic win for their nation with a winning aggregate of 20-under-par 268.
"We still have a lot of chances to win this trophy, so I’m looking forward to it. This will certainly help the game in China. We have a big future." -Li Haotong.

Kjeldsen, featuring in his sixth World Cup of Golf, said: “It’s been absolutely an incredible week. The camaraderie between us was great all week. When you’re on the back nine on Sunday, you feel like you would die for your partner. I’ve never experienced that before.”
Power-packed Olesen, who has five international victories, was equally delighted that Denmark made golfing history at Kingston Heath. “Every time I’ve won, it’s been very close. When I looked at the leaderboard, I said ‘here we go again’. It was tough but me and Soren played great and our mental strength was very good. We kept calm and played our game. I wasn’t too nervous on the back nine as I thought we would make birdies at some point and they came at the right time,” said the 26-year-old.
The ultra-talented Fowler, making his World Cup debut alongside fellow debutant Walker, rued a cold putter as the Americans missed early chances to put the pressure on the leaders.
“We wanted to get out to a quick start and play aggressively. We hit the shots, just didn't get anything to go in early. So yeah, felt like tee to green we didn't really miss many shots. It's always nice if you hit it a little bit closer but really just didn't get the putts to go in early enough,” said the 27-year-old, a three time PGA Tour winner.
Walker, the 2016 PGA Championship winner, added: “Well, we didn't get the win, but I know Rick and I would have liked to have played a little better, especially in the best-ball day. I think alternate shot we paired up really nice, but we just didn't quite get it going early on either of the best ball days and we kind of put ourselves behind the eight ball all day both of those rounds, so that's where we didn't get it done, finish strong.”
Leading Final Round Scores
268: Denmark (Søren KJELDSEN / Thorbjørn OLESEN) 72-60-70-66
272: China (WU Ashun / LI Haotong) 70-65-72-65, France (Victor DUBUISSON / Romain LANGASQUE) 70-67-72-63, USA (Rickie FOWLER / Jimmy WALKER) 70-67-69-66
273: Sweden (Alex NOREN / David LINGMERTH) 72-66-73-62
274: Itally (Francesco MOLINARI / Matteo MANASSERO) 71-66-73-64, Japan (Hideki MATSUYAMA / Ryo ISHIKAWA) 73-65-71-65
275: Spain (Rafa CABRERA BELLO / Jon RAHM) 69-67-73-66
About ISPS HANDA
ISPS, the International Sports Promotion Society, is a charitable organization that promotes sports, such as golf, polo and rowing, in a belief that sports and sporting platforms can help achieve world peace. It also supports blind golf as its founder and chairman Haruhisa Handa, dubbed the father of blind golf in Japan, is the first person in Japan to establish a blind golf club, which is now called the Japan Blind Golf Association.
Dr Handa also serves as founder and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, or IFAC, a nonprofit organization established to promote social welfare activities through music and art events. IFAC is title sponsor to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, one of the most celebrated events in the arts calendar in Australia and internationally, which takes place between the end of March and the end of April every year.
About Melbourne, Victoria
Voted the world’s most livable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing.
Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com
About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis. As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999. The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.
About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956. IGA is governed by its six-member Board of Directors. Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman. Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.