Sport24.co.za | Belgium hold off charging Aussies to win first World Cup

Melbourne – Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry held off Mexico and a charging Australian team to win Belgium’s first ever golf World Cup by three shots on Sunday.

The pair began the final day of foursomes action, where teammates take it in turns to play the same ball, with a five-stroke lead at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club.

But Australia’s Mark Leishman and Cameron Smith narrowed the gap to two coming down the home straight with three birdies in a row, and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz were also closing in.

It set up an exciting finale. The Belgians restored their three-stroke lead with a birdie on the 16th but a nervy bogey on the next meant they had to keep their focus on the final hole.

A perfect approach shot eased the pressure and they holed out for a closing 68 and a famous 23-under-par win, with Australia and Mexico joint second.

Danish defending champions Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen carded a 65 to tie for fourth alongside Canada’s Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor (66), six behind Belgium.

Scores after the final round foursomes of the World Cup at the par-72 Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne (two days of fourballs and two days of foursomes in two-man teams):

265 – Belgium (Thomas Pieters/Thomas Detry) 63-71-63-68

268 – Australia (Mark Leishman/Cameron Smith) 62-76-65-65, Mexico (Abraham Ancer/Roberto Diaz) 67-70-65-66

271 – Denmark (Thorbjorn Olesen/Soren Kjeldsen) 63-77-66-65, Canada (Adam Hadwin/Nick Taylor) 68-73-64-66

272 – South Korea (An Byeong-Hun/Kim Si-woo) 62-72-68-70, Italy (Andrea Pavan/Renato Paratore) 65-71-66-70

273 – England (Tyrrell Hatton/Ian Poulter) 62-74-67-70

274 – Sweden (Alexander Bjork/Joakim Lagergren) 65-74-64-71

276 – France (Alexander Levy/Michael Lorenzo-Vera) 66-73-68-69, India (Anirban Lahiri/Gaganjeet Bhullar) 64-72-70-70, Ireland (Shane Lowry/Paul Dunne) 64-76-65-71

277 – China (Li Haotong/Wu Ashun) 66-76-68-67

278 – Thailand (Kiradech Aphibarnrat/Prom Meesawat) 67-78-67-66, Scotland (Russell Knox/Martin Laird) 67-71-67-73

279 – United States (Kyle Stanley/Matt Kuchar) 66-79-66-68, Wales (Stuart Manley/Bradley Dredge) 70-73-66-70

280 – New Zealand (Ryan Fox/Mark Brown) 65-76-69-70, Finland (Mikko Korhonen/Mikko Ilonen) 66-75-68-71, South Africa (Dylan Frittelli/Erik van Rooyen) 66-76-66-72

281 – Spain (Adrian Otaegui/Jorge Campillo) 68-74-64-75

282 – Malaysia (Gavin Green/Ben Leong) 63-73-72-74

287 – Japan (Satoshi Kodaira/Hideto Tanihara) 66-79-70-72

289 – Netherlands (Joost Luiten/Daan Huizing) 69-82-68-70, Venezuela (Jhonattan Vegas/Joseph Naffah) 65-82-67-75

290 – Germany (Martin Kaymer/Maximilian Kieffer) 68-81-68-73

295 – Zimbabwe (Scott Vincent/Benjamin Follett-Smith) 72-84-66-73

307 – Greece (Peter Karmis/Alexander Tranacher) 66-87-68-86

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