Denmark’s pair of Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen continued to dominate at the World Cup of Golf on Saturday and will take a four-shot lead into the final round in Melbourne, Australia.
The leaders are sat on 14-under par for the tournament after another solid effort of 70 on Saturday at the Kingston Heath Golf Club. In hot pursuit are the United States team of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker on 10-under, while China’s Wu Ashun and Li Hao-Tong are another stroke back.
Here is a look at how things are shaping up in this year’s event with one round to spare and a recap of another brilliant day for the Danes.
World Cup of Golf 2016: Day 3 Leaderboard
Positon Country Players Overall Day 3 Score 1. Denmark S. Kjeldsen/T. Olesen -14 70 2. USA R. Fowler/J. Walker -10 69 3. China Wu A./Li H. -9 72 T4. Spain R. Cabrera Bello/J. Rahm -7 73 T4. France V. Dubuisson/R. Langasque -7 72 T4. Japan H. Matsuyama/R. Ishikawa -7 71 7. Italy F. Molinari/M. Manassero -6 73 T8. Sweden A. Noren/D. Lingmerth -5 73 T8. New Zealand D. Lee/R. Fox -5 72 T8. Ireland S. Lowry/G McDowell -5 70
Denmark in Control Down Under
Following on from their remarkable round of 60 on Friday in fourballs, Denmark continued to turn the screw in the foursomes format on Saturday.
Admittedly, the round of two-under represented something of a mixed bag from Kjeldsen and Olesen, but it’s clear the games of the two players complement each other wonderfully well.
There’s a determination about them, too. After a dropped shot at the third, Denmark battled back superbly, securing back-to-back birdies at the fourth and fifth; another at the eighth ensured they kept their buffer to the chasing pack intact at the turn.
Things were a little more difficult on the back nine, though, as the Danes posted two birdies and two bogeys, one of which was a disappointing dropped shot at the penultimate hole. However, per the PGA TOUR Twitter feed, there were still plenty of quality moments on show:
Denmark is chasing the record for most shots in a round worthy of that reaction. #QuickHits https://t.co/4cddIafGf9
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 26, 2016
"We showed yesterday that a really low score is possible out there in the fourballs," Olesen said looking ahead to the final day, per the European Tour website. "I had a seven-shot lead in Turkey and it got down to one shot very quickly, so I know how quick this game can go sometimes. It’s definitely not going to be easy tomorrow."
Neither of the leaders will take anything for granted here, as they have some quality competitors in pursuit.
Fowler and Walker remain in the hunt.
Walker and Fowler are well capable of pushing themselves into the mix, as they battled their way to a 69 on Saturday. It was an unspectacular effort from the United States team at first glance, but they shot the joint-lowest total in Round 3 on a day when scoring was difficult for the players.
The Americans weren’t at their best in the fourballs on Friday, though, and that’s something they’ll need to improve on Day 4 if they’re to reel in the leaders. As we can see, Fowler and Walker are very well backed Down Under, too:
Proudly representing the red, white & blue 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/z1wTTSGh2q
— World Cup of Golf (@WorldCupGolf) November 26, 2016
Here is what the Americans had to say after a solid performance on Day 3:
Going into the final round at Kingston Heath, @RickieFowler and @JimmyWalkerPGA are four back. https://t.co/Ao7cA0xAZL
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 26, 2016
Wu and Li look to be the only other team with a chance of chasing the leaders, as they continued what has been a very consistent showing at the event with a level-par 72 on Saturday.
From a Danish perspective, the beauty of fourballs is that it provides a safety net on each hole. It means their position at the top, in theory, should be pretty secure, although it’s a format that will also give the chasers licence to attack.
Nonetheless, Kjeldsen and Olesen have been a class apart in all facets of their play in Melbourne. It will take something special from those down the leaderboard to prevent them from triumphing on Sunday.