Dom­i­nant Danes ex­tend W Cup lead in Mel­bourne

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Soren Kjeld­sen and Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen re­mained on course to claim a first World Cup of Golf for Den­mark af­ter shoot­ing a two-un­der-par 70 in yes­ter­day’s four­somes to ex­tend their overnight lead to four strokes.

The Dan­ish pair started the day at Kingston Heath with a three-shot cush­ion af­ter siz­zling sec­ond round 60 and mixed five birdies with three bo­geys to move to 14-un­der for the tour­na­ment. “We showed yes­ter­day that a re­ally low score is pos­si­ble out there in the four­ball,” Ole­sen told re­porters.

“It’s def­i­nitely not go­ing to be easy to­mor­row. There’s a lot of great play­ers here and a lot of birdies out there. It’s a four shot lead, which is re­ally nice, but it’s not go­ing to be easy.” Amer­i­cans Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker were sec­ond af­ter a 69 in the al­ter­nate shot for­mat moved them to 10-un­der, a shot bet­ter than China’s Wu An­shun and Li Hao­tong, who made a dou­ble bo­gey-bo­gey start but re­cov­ered for a round of par 72.

Ja­pan (71), France (72) and firstround lead­ers Spain (73) will be tied for fourth seven shots off the pace go­ing into to­day’s fi­nal round four­balls at the sand­belt course.

It looked like be­ing a big­ger deficit when 26-year-old Ole­sen sank a four-foot birdie putt at the 13th to give the Danes a six-shot lead over the field.

The putts would not drop for the duo over the next cou­ple of holes, how­ever, and at the 17th, Ole­sen’s drive found one of the se­ries of bunkers on the left of the fair­way.

Kjeld­sen got the ball onto the green with a fine re­cov­ery shot but the pair three-putted for a bo­gey to take a lit­tle bit of the shine off their day. Walker had ear­lier drained a six­foot birdie putt on the same green to bring the Amer­i­cans, who have won a record 24 World Cup ti­tles, a shot closer to their ri­vals.

“It would be nice to be out front or a lit­tle closer, but with where we were com­ing into to­day, just putting up a solid round of golf was that we wanted to do,” Fowler said.

“We did that and we gave our­selves a chance go­ing into to­mor­row.” Aus­tralian Adam Scott’s hopes of de­fend­ing the ti­tle he won with Ja­son Day at Royal Mel­bourne in 2013 look slight as he and Marc Leishman hit a 70 to stand 10 shots adrift in a share of 11th. — Reuters

MEL­BOURNE: United States’ Rickie Fowler watches his tee shot on the 12ht hole dur­ing his match at the World Cup of golf at Kingston Heath in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, yes­ter­day. — AP

MEL­BOURNE: Den­mark’s Soren Kjeld­sen hit out of the rough on the fifth hole dur­ing his match at the World Cup of golf at Kingston Heath in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, yes­ter­day. — AP

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