Melbourne – On a tough day of scoring in the alternate shot format, the Belgian duo of Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry, did just enough to join South Korea at the top of the leaderboard at 10-under par.
The format switched to foursomes on Friday and if scoring was easy on Thursday at the Metropolitan Golf Course in Melbourne, it was the complete opposite in the second round of action.
The lowest round of the day came from Mexico’s pairing of Abraham Ancer and Roberto Díaz. They combined to shoot a two-under par, 70.
Pieters and Detry were the next best on the day. Their one-under par, 71, got them to 10-under par for the week and into a share of the lead with An Byeong-hun and Kim Si-wo of South Korea.
“I think we played very solid,” said Pieters.
“Both of us were pretty on. The short game was pretty good today. It’s nice to know when I hit it to five feet he’s always going to make it.
“I told him if he puts me in the bunker today, it’s fine.”
Australia and England, who were top after day one, fell away somewhat with four-over and two-over rounds respectively.
At the bottom of the leaderboard, there were some ugly numbers posted. Zimbabwe carded an 84 while the team from Greece struck 87 blows on the sand belt track.
Scores on Friday after the foursomes second round 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):
134 – Belgium (Thomas Pieters/Thomas Detry) 63-71, South Korea (An Byeong-Hun/Kim Si-woo) 62-72
136 – Italy (Andrea Pavan/Renato Paratore) 65-71, India (Anirban Lahiri/Gaganjeet Bhullar) 64-72, Malaysia (Gavin Green/Ben Leong) 63-73, England (Tyrrell Hatton/Ian Poulter) 62-74
137 – Mexico (Abraham Ancer/Roberto Diaz) 67-70
138 – Scotland (Russell Knox/Martin Laird) 67-71, Australia (Mark Leishman/Cameron Smith) 62-76
139 – France (Alexander Levy/Michael Lorenzo-Vera) 66-73, Sweden (Alexander Bjork/Joakim Lagergren) 65-74
140 – Ireland (Shane Lowry/Paul Dunne) 64-76, Denmark (Thorbjorn Olesen/Soren Kjeldsen) 63-77
141 – Canada (Adam Hadwin/Nick Taylor) 68-73, Finland (Mikko Korhonen/Mikko Ilonen) 66-75, New Zealand (Ryan Fox/Mark Brown) 65-76
142 – Spain (Adrian Otaegui/Jorge Campillo) 68-74, China (Li Haotong/Wu Ashun) 66-76, South Africa (Dylan Frittelli/Erik van Rooyen) 66-76
143 – Wales (Stuart Manley/Bradley Dredge) 70-73
145 – Thailand (Kiradech Aphibarnrat/Prom Meesawat) 67-78, United States (Kyle Stanley/Matt Kuchar) 66-79, Japan (Satoshi Kodaira/Hideto Tanihara) 66-79
147 – Venezuela (Jhonattan Vegas/Joseph Naffah) 65-82
149 – Germany (Martin Kaymer/Maximilian Kieffer) 68-81
151 – Netherlands (Joost Luiten/Daan Huizing) 69-82
153 – Greece (Peter Karmis/Alexander Tranacher) 66-87
156 – Zimbabwe (Scott Vincent/Benjamin Follett-Smith) 72-84