ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Søren and Thorbjørn Deliver for Denmark

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 Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen deliver the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, a first for Denmark, in a  four-shot victory at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

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Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen / getty

Søren and Thorbjørn carded -6 under par 66 today to claim the  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf trophy, with a -20 under par total.

Søren enjoyed the team spirit;

“It’s been an absolutely incredible week, I’ve enjoyed it so much.”

“I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with Thorbjørn. I’ve been so impressed by his game, his attitude, and I think we’ve had a great time and that reflects in the result.”

“When you’ve got a guy like this on the back nine on Sunday, it’s like you feel you want to die for the guy. It’s different and that’s been really interesting to feel this.”

“I sort of get the sense why teams get so together when they play well. I’ve never really experienced that before this week.”

“I really enjoyed that and that team feeling is amazing. We obviously don’t get that very often.”

Thorbjørn said they had just played their own game, and it worked well;

“It was tough but me and Soren have been great this week with just our mental strength.”

“We’ve been very, very good keeping calm and playing our own game and we’ve both been playing well.”

“So I wasn’t too nervous on that back nine. I felt like we’ve got to make some birdies at some point. They came at the right time.”

“We play different games but I think that’s actually really nice because then we don’t talk too much about the shots with each other, we just play our own shots and I think that helped a lot.”

The French team of Victor Dubuisson and Romian Langasque, -9 under 63 today, shared second place  with China, represented by Ashun Wu and Li Haotong, -7 under 65, and with Team USA, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, -6 under 66, all at -16 under par for the tournament.

Victor enjoyed a great day;

“It was a great day, I don’t think we can really do any better, nine under is a great score. The pin positions were so difficult.”

“Romain started the round really well, he made some very important putts on the first seven holes which are more difficult, and then I made a good birdie on eight.”

“We were both on the fairways, on the greens, so we had many, many birdie opportunities.”

Romain added;

“I was really under pressure before this week to play with Victor and to play in a big tournament like this one.”

“I’m so happy to finish the tournament with that position, nine under on the last round, that’s amazing.”

Li was disappointed with the final result;

“I kind of feel average because we didn’t play our best again today, even this week.”

“I think we still have a lot of chance to win the trophy in future, so I’m looking forward.”

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Denmark Deserve Their 4 Shot Lead.

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Denmark, in the form of Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen, definitely deserve their 4 shot lead going into the final round of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

 

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Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen / getty

Round three was basically a breeze for Søren and Thorbjørn, -2 under 70 today saw them extend their  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf lead to four shots at -14 under par, and should be good enough to see them canter home tomorrow.

Thorbjørn is happy with the lead, but will not be taking it easy tomorrow;

“We showed yesterday that a really low score is possible out there in the fourballs.”

“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.

“There’s a lot of great players here and a lot of birdies out there. It’s a four-shot lead, which is really nice, but it’s not going to be easy.”

Søren said the birdie hunt will continue;

“You need to stay aggressive on this course but you also need to be very careful.”

“We won’t be protecting a lead, we still need to go out with the same mentality and make as many birdies as we can.”

“We know what’s possible on this course, another 60 or even lower is out there tomorrow so we’ll have to go low again, because someone else probably will.”

United States Team of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler are the nearest challengers, -3 under 69 today still left them with a mountain to climb. They will need a fast start tomorrow to close the gap they have at -10 under.

China hold third place, at -9 under par, a shot further back, an even par round of 72 from Ashun Wu and Li Haotong today all but wrecked their chances of picking up their first ever World Cup of Golf trophy.

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Denmark Dominated Day 2.

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Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen, from Team Denmark, dominated play on day 2 of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

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Thorbjørn and Søren / getty

The boys really cleaned up on day 2 of the  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, recording a team score -12 under par 60, to top the leaderboard with that total, giving them a three shot lead going into the week-end.

Thorbjorn said he was thinking of a 59

“To be honest, I was thinking a little bit about that 59 with the last two holes to go but 60 was a great score.”

“Søren got it going with holing that second shot and then I chipped in for eagle also. Combined we were very good.”

“I felt like yesterday we did a great job in the foursomes. It’s a tricky course, especially when it blows this much. We did well yesterday and that’s what we have to do again.”

Soren explained their strategy in this team event competition

“I was trying to play solid, Thorbjørn was playing exceptional so I thought if I get it in play and get it on the green, let him do all the fireworks and it worked pretty well.”

“We’re trying to make everybody proud. It’s just a treat to be here.”

Team China shot -7 under 65, to take second place at -9 under par.

Spain are now in third at -8 under par, shooting -5 under 67.

 

England, Italy, France and USA are all tied in fourth place at -7 under par.

 

Turkish Airlines Open. Thorbjørn Olesen Strolls To Win

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Thorbjørn Olesen just strolls along to win the Turkish Airlines Open.

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Thorbjørn Olesen / getty

Thorbjørn carded -2 under par  69 to win the Turkish Airlines Open with a -20 under total, giving him a three shot victory, and his fourth European Tour win;

“I actually slept alright the last couple of days.”

“It was a weird feeling, I knew the guys today were able to shoot a low number so I had to make a few birdies.”

“After nine holes guys were shooting really low numbers so all of a sudden there was a lot of pressure on.” 

“I felt like I kept it pretty steady. Obviously the last four holes were tough mentally.”

“It means a lot, the last couple of months have been pretty poor and I haven’t played well and all of a sudden you’re leading by a big margin and it was difficult when you haven’t been playing well for that long.”

Tied in second place at -17 under par were David Horsey, -6 under 65 today, and Li Haotong, also -6 under 65.

Li said it was a great result for him;

“It’s fantastic for me. I think I already do my best, and just like I said yesterday, only top five is really, really good for me.”

“Actually today is quite a surprise for me because back nine, I don’t know, I just shot like five under, something like that. Yeah, it was a great round.”

“I made like four birdies in a row, after the fourth one, I thought, really, I make four birdies in a row. I said, wow. Yeah, it’s a pretty good day.”

“I think still need relax for every week. Don’t be like, try too hard, like last week.”

“It’s kind of getting way better this week. I got a lot of World Ranking points and a lot of money, especially! Cool.”

Notice on the locker room wall at the Turkish Airlines Open, from the European Tour.

Turkish Airlines Open. Thorbjørn Olesen In Cruise Control.

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Thorbjørn Olesen is in cruise control at the Turkish Airlines Open, and will take a seven shot lead into the final round.

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Thorbjørn Olesen / getty

Thorbjørn carded -3 under par 68 to extend his  lead to seven shots at the top of the Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard at -18 under par at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Turkey;

“I’ve never had a seven-shot lead, I felt a bit nervous when I went out today also because I’ve never been that many shots clear.”

“It’s a bit of a weird feeling but I know it’s not easy and there’s a bunch of guys there and it’s possible to shoot a really low one out here.”

“I’ll stay aggressive tomorrow and keep plugging away.”

“This is the Final Series and it’s a massive event and obviously it would be great to win it.”

“There’s still 18 holes left and I really have to stay concentrated out there and stay in my own little zone.”

Sharing second place those distant seven strokes back at -11 under par are, David Horsey, -3 under 68 today, Li Haotong,-3 under 68, David Lipsky, -5 under 66, Matteo Manassero, -3 under 68 and Bernd Wiesberger, -5 under 66. All of these guys will have to go extra low tomorrow if they want to win this trophy.

What they said about tomorrow;

David Horsey 

“I’ll do a bit of work now and hopefully pull it off tomorrow. I’ve just got to go very low, make a lot of birdies.”

“He seems to be in control of his game and ultimately we’ve got to try and put some pressure on him somehow and hopefully he’ll falter.”

“But at the end of the day, we can’t control what he does. Just got to go out there and try to shoot a score and see what happens at the end of the day.”

Li Haotong 

“I think if I can be top five after tomorrow, that would be great. He’s playing so well that you must beat him this week. I’ll just play well myself and enjoy this week. That’s all.”

David Lipsky 

“I played pretty well today. I left a few out there coming down the stretch but overall I’m really happy with how I played and gave myself lots of chances for birdies today.”

“It’s sort of like without Thorbjørn, it’s a good tournament.”

“I just thought, look at second place as winning right now. That was my goal, to just put myself in position on Sunday to finish as high as I can.”

Matteo Manassero 

“I was playing to try and make as many birdies as I could.”

“I think at one point we got kind of close but I could never really hit it close enough to have good opportunities on the back nine.”

“I wouldn’t say I was playing for second. I was trying to close the gap a little bit but I couldn’t.”

“Of course I could have done better today but I’m happy with where I’m standing and we’ll see what happens tomorrow. Again, he’s playing great, and if he keeps playing like this, obviously he 110 per cent deserves to win this tournament.”

Bernd Wiesberger 

“I don’t think I could have shot any worse today, I played in control except for that last hole. It’s a shame to finish a round off like this but all in all it was a good day, loads of chances.”

“It feels like I didn’t take advantage of the par fives all week, so if I can do that tomorrow, there’s another good one in me.”

“We’ll see how it turns out at the end of the day. He’s definitely playing really well. I need to make a fast start and try to put the pressure on him. If I can do that, you never know.”

 

Turkish Airlines Open. Thorbjørn Olesen In Charge.

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Thorbjørn Olesen, from Denmark is in charge of the Turkish Airlines Open, after setting a new course record at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort and will take a six shot lead at the half-way stage.

Turkish Airlines Open

Thorbjørn Olesen / getty

Thorbjørn set a new course record of -9 under par 62 at the Turkish Airlines Open giving him a commanding lead over the field after 36 holes, with a -15 under par tournament total;

“I feel like I’ve been up in contention in a lot of big events, I feel pretty comfortable. “

“There’s still 36 holes to go, so that’s a lot of golf to be played, but I have to keep being aggressive out there. That’s the only way I can win.”

“A lot of things can happen on this course. You have quite a lot of water on it and you can get in some trouble.”

“There’s a lot of birdie and eagle chances out there so anything can happen. I have to keep being aggressive out there, keep going after some of the pins and still be aggressive on the greens as well.”

A long way back in second place are Adrian  Otaegui, Spain, -8 under 63 today and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee -5 under 66, both with -9 under par totals.

Turkish Airlines Open. George Coetzee Leads.

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George Coetzee, from South Africa, leads the Turkish Airlines Open after the 1st round at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

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George carded -7 under par 64 to lead the Turkish Airlines Open, in a welcome return to some form;

“I’ve been missing a lot of cuts, I was really lucky to get into this event this week and I’m just trying to make the most of it.”

“I’ve actually been playing better the last three or four weeks. The swing started to click a couple of weeks ago and I started shooting better scores and hitting better shots and it was just a question of putting everything together.”

“I’ve been excited in the build up to this week, I’m just happy with the way things are going in my game and mentally and obviously it shows on the golf course.”

“I’m playing better, I’m in a better mood. I wasn’t expecting to shoot 64 but I’m really happy with it.”

Thorbjørn Olesen, from Denmark, is in second place after his opening round -6 under par 65.

Jorge Campillo, Spain,  Li Haotong, China,  Matteo Manassero, Italy and  Bernd Wiesberger,  Austria,  are all sharing third place at -5 under par.

Jorge had a hole in one on the par three 14th;

“I’ve had seven or eight holes-in-one but it’s my second on the European Tour.”

“I never saw it going in, a few people clapped but I didn’t know if the ball was in or not, obviously when I walked up there it was in.”