Danes vow to at­tack at World Cup

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bruce Matthews

made ground on the Danes. The United States was one of only two teams to break 70, shoot­ing a three-un­der 69 to ad­vance to sec­ond place at 10-un­der and, im­por­tantly, into the last pair­ing for the last round.

On whether the Danes will feel ex­tra pres­sure play­ing along­side the Play­ers cham­pion and US PGA cham­pion, Kjeld­sen quipped: “They’re not go­ing to play my Srixon or Thor­b­jorn’s Titleist.”

Ole­sen cau­tioned every­one not to get ahead of them­selves to pre­dict a Dan­ish vic­tory. “I had a sev­en­shot lead in Turkey and it got down to one. So, I know how easy it can slip away. A four-shot lead is nice, but it’s not go­ing to be easy,” he said.

The Amer­i­cans are ready for the fight as Walker agreed the last group was the best van­tage point to launch an as­sault on the lead.

“That’s a good place to be go­ing into the last day,” Walker said. “I’m ex­cited, I know Rickie’s ex­cited and we’re look­ing for­ward to a good day.”

Fowler said: “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 what we wanted to do. We did that and we gave our­selves a chance go­ing into to­mor­row. It’s go­ing to take some good golf and some birdies, ob­vi­ously, but it will be nice be­ing in that fi­nal group to know ex­actly where we stand.”

China couldn’t ap­ply any heat play­ing along­side the Danes as Ashun Wu and Hao­tong Li stood still on the score­board af­ter a 72 left them at nine-un­der, five back in third place.

No team that’s mid­field or bet­ter was pre­pared to con­cede de­feat. Very low scores are pos­si­ble, as ev­i­denced by Den­mark’s siz­zling 12-un­der 60 in Fri­day’s four­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

New Zealand, nine shots off the pace, re­flected the op­ti­mism when Ryan Fox re­vealed the game-plan to be em­ployed by he and part­ner Danny Lee.

“Danny’s the one that hits them straight, so he hits first and then I can just lash at ev­ery­thing pretty much. Hope­fully, I can chip in on a few holes like I did on Fri­day and get some putts to go in. There’s a good score out here, es­pe­cially if the con­di­tions are like to­day,” Fox said.

Even host na­tion Australia is pre­par­ing a bullish strat­egy, de­spite a seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble task a whop­ping 10 shots be­hind the lead­ers.

“It’s def­i­nitely a lot eas­ier to be ag­gres­sive in the four­ball when you know you’ve got your part­ner on the green or in the fair­way al­ready. But you don’t want to be too ag­gres­sive and fin­ish up short-sided in a bunker and then you’ve only got one putt at it (birdie). That’s what we’ll be con­cen­trat­ing more on to­mor­row is try­ing to get two birdie putts on ev­ery hole and, hope­fully, one of us will make it and go to the next and do it again,” Marc Leish­man said.

AN­DREW BROWNBILL — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Den­mark’s Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen, right, cel­e­brates with team­mate Soren Kjeld­sen af­ter a birdie putt on the fifth hole dur­ing the third round of the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath in Melbourne, Australia on Satur­day.

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