China's Wu and Li stay in title chase #WorldCupofGolf

Fri 25 Nov 2016

China's Wu and Li stay in title chase #WorldCupofGolf

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Melbourne, Australia, November 25: China’s Li Haotong and Wu Ashun combined effectively for a seven-under-par 65 in the second round fourball session to earn sole second place in the US$8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf on Friday.
The Chinese duo, bidding to lift the World Cup of Golf for the first time for their nation, trail halfway leaders Denmark, represented by Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen, who shot a spectacular 60, which included two eagles, to lead by three heading into the weekend rounds.
Overnight leaders Spain, with Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrera Bello, slipped to third following a 67 in the 28 two-man team competition. American duo Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker also carded a 67 for joint fourth position, five off the pace, while title holders Australia, represented by Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, are 10 shots back in equal 18th position.
Soren Kjeldsen Soren Kjeldsen
Wu, 31, got China off to a flying start with a long birdie conversion on two which Li followed up brilliantly with his own birdie on three. They then dovetailed superbly to produce five more birds, with no bogeys on the card, in the best ball format.
“It was a big putt to make a birdie, so it was very exciting to start the game. My partner was very good and I’m so proud of him,” said Wu, who is featuring in his second World Cup of Golf.
The slender Li was born in 1995, the year China first hosted the World Cup of Golf, and he hopes it will be good omen.  “When I started to play golf, I didn’t think I would get into the World Cup, so it's kind of like a dream come true. It's very, very impressive actually for myself. It's a very good event and especially also in China. Everybody will be very focused on the World Cup when we play,” said the 21-year-old li, who won his home Open on the European Tour this year.
“I think we are representing our nation, China. So if we win, it's going to be a huge win, it's like a national win. It's quite different than a normal event.”
The Chinese duo, who also represented their nation at the Olympics Games in August, are looking forward to a third round pairing with Denmark, with Li keen to extend the team’s impressive run alongside Wu, who is a two-time European Tour winner.
"When I started to play golf, I didn’t think I would get into the World Cup, so it's kind of like a dream come true. It's very, very impressive actually for myself. It's a very good event and especially also in China. Everybody will be very focused on the World Cup when we play." - Li Haotong.

“When I play bad, Ashun is going to play good,” he said.
Kjeldsen and Olesen, also searching for a maiden World Cup of Golf title for Denmark, combined magnificently for two eagles and eight birdies to shoot up the leaderboard on another cool and windy day at Kingston Heath Golf Club.
Olesen said: “To be honest, I was thinking a little bit about that 59 with the last two holes to go, but 60 is still a great score. Søren got it going by holing his second shot on the third, and then I chipped in for eagle also. So combined, we were very good.”
Rickie Fowler of USA Rickie Fowler of USA
Kjeldsen was all praise of his partner: “Thorbjørn was playing exceptional so I thought if I get it in play and get it on the green, I could let him do all the fireworks and it worked pretty well. Thorbjørn’s very flashy, he hits it very far from the tee and overall has got an amazing game; whereas I’m more like a train, I arrive on time but without too much of the flashy stuff.”
Fowler and Walker were disappointed they did not finish the day closer to the new tournament leaders. “I think we'd both like to make a few more birdies out there. We just kind of had a hard time getting it close. The pins were kind of tough and we just struggled getting it close,” said Walker, who won the PGA Championship this season for his first Major victory.
The 2016 World Cup will be the 58th staging of this event. For ticket information and to follow all of the news, player features and more as the event approaches, the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf web-site is http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/isps-handa-world-cup-of-golf.html.
Leading second round scores:
132: Denmark (Søren KJELDSEN/Thorbjørn OLESEN) 72-60
135: China (WU Ashun/LI Haotong 70-65
136: Spain (Rafa CABRERA BELLO/Jon RAHM 69-67
137: France (Victor DUBUISSON/Romain LANGASQUE) 70-67, USA (Rickie FOWLER/Jimmy WALKER) 70-67, Italy (Francesco MOLINARI/Matteo MANASSERO 71-66, England (Chris WOOD/Andy SULLIVAN) 71-66
138: Sweden (Alex NOREN/David LINGMERTH) 72-66, Japan (Hideki MATSUYAMA/Ryo ISHIKAWA) 73-65.
139: Chinese Taipei (C.T. Pan/CHAN Shih-chang) 74-65, Thailand (Thongchai JAIDEE/Kiradech APHIBARNRAT)
Others:
140: India (S.S.P CHAWRASIA/CHIKKARANGAPPA S) 74-66
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.