Jason Day rules as the King of Royal Melbourne Golf Course, taking the singles honors in the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf.
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Home hero Jason Day secured an emotional victory in the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, shooting a final round -1 under par 70 to lift the trophy. His victory and the support of fellow Aussie Adam Scott, who finished in third place at -7 under par, gave Australia the team event title. Adam had a final round -5 under par 66.
Jason has been through a lot recently, with his family being torn apart in the typhoon back home, but he wanted to come here and play;
“The biggest thing right now is to know that I just didn’t give up. It would have been the easiest thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what has been going on over the last week, just to be up there with my mum and support her. But I really wanted to come down here and play with Adam and really try to win the World Cup and we achieved that which was great.”
Adam admitted it was his fault that they were behind at the beginning;
“That was my fault that we were behind for the first round, but I got my act together.”
Second place went to Thomas Bjorn at -8 under par for the tournament, Thomas had some chances but admitted he did not play well today, a final round of even par 71;
“Obviously a fraction disappointed, but I didn’t play that great today to be honest. I made a couple of mistakes here and there and not as good as I played the other two days. Six and seven was a big turning point in the round, obviously Jason holing his second shot on six. As a whole it’s been a great week. It’s been a great pleasure to play on this golf course the way it has played this week and I couldn’t be happier for Jason winning. He has gone through a rough time of late and for him to even be here is a big thing and then to go and win a golf tournament and for them to win the team event as well, that’s what you want to see. There’s nothing that is better for small populated countries than when their sports people do really well and these two are fantastic. Obviously when you’re in it you want to win it, but you have got to take that and I didn’t play well enough today I didn’t think, but I still had a chance coming down the stretch.”
The team standings were;
Australia -17 under par, Jason Day and Adam Scott
U.S.A. -7 under par, Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman
Denmark -5 under par, Thomas Bjorn and Thorbjorn Olesen
Japan -5 under par, Ryo Ishikawa and Hideto Tanihara