World Cup of Golf 2018 Odds
What a week it was for the Danish pair of Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen who secured Denmark´s first win at the 58th edition of the World Cup of Golf.
The World Cup of Golf is one of the rare team events and provides a wonderful spectacle and opportunity for golfers to represent their countries whilst still competing at the highest level.
Hosted at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne Australia, some of the world’s finest golfers took to the stage in an attempt to win the enormous trophy and take it back to their homeland.
The format is a better-ball and foursomes, which puts both players under immense pressure to ensure that they are on form throughout the week.
For Kjeldsen and Olesen this was not their first outing at a golf World Cup, with Kjeldsen representing his country for the sixth time, whilst 27-year-old Olesen was appearing at his third World Cup.
The Danes were in control throughout, posting a final round that maintained their four shot lead over the chasing pack.
They were not always clear runaway winners though, as the score may suggest.
Both the Swedish pairing of Alex Noren and David Lingmerth and the Chinese pairing of Wu Anshun and Li Haotong came close to catching the Danes and Victor Dubuisson and Ramain Langasque also lead a charge with a 9 under par 63 in the final round for France.
But the Danes always seemed to have an answer, Kjeldsen was consistent as always, but it was the fireworks from his younger compatriot that kept them clear. It seemed that every challenge that was thrown at the pair was dealt with swiftly and with the hat-trick of birdies from Olesen from the 13th their lead was restored.
Kjeldsen didn´t want to miss out on all the fun and rolled in a monster birdie on the final green to take the pair to 20 under par and the title of World Cup of Golf Champions.
The pair were mentally strong and this was the catalyst behind the victory and it was Olesen that cited this post round saying "Our mental strength is keeping calm and playing our own game. I wasn't too worried, I thought the birdies would come on the back nine and they did,"
Kjeldsen also mentioned the mental game and the different challenges that the format brings and they both seemed to relish the somewhat unusual mental challenges the tournament offers up.
As the senior member of the team, Kjeldsen heaped praise on his partner and continued the theme of the mental strength of the partnership "The psychology (of a team) is really interesting to me. When you get a guy like this, on the back nine you feel you want to die for this guy. I've never felt that before and that team thing is amazing,"
For defending champions Australia it was a somewhat disappointing week, especially on home soil as Adam Scott and Marc Leishman could only finish back in ninth position.