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Monday, November 28, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf

Winner: Denmark

Around the wider world of golf: It was a fairly quiet week in golf. Huilin Zhang won the Buick Open, the season finale of the PGA TOUR China; Yuta Ukeda won the Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour; and as I noted yesterday, Aditi Ashok won the Qatar Ladies Open on the LET.

Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen with the trophy

Although the Danish team hoisted the World Cup of Golf trophy on Sunday, it's totally correct to say they won it on Friday.

Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen blitzed the field during the second round with a 12-under 60, beating the best round of the day by a good four strokes. In fact, I think the closest anybody got to that was a 62 by the Swedes on Sunday. There were a lot of good scores shot on Sunday, by a variety of teams.

But none of them played well enough overall to make up for that 60 on Friday. There were three runner-ups (or is that runners-up?) -- France, China and the USA -- but they were all four shots back. Exactly the margin in the Danes' Friday round.

All I know to say is WOW, and to congratulate the Danish team on winning their first-ever World Cup of Golf. They brought the Kingston Heath Golf Course to its knees in cold conditions, and that kind of performance is well worth their first national Limerick Summary:
On Friday, the Danes made their move
When the fourballers got in a groove,
Shooting twelve-under par—
The week's best round by far—
For a first win no team would reprove.
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