DANISH golfers Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen don’t seem to mind Kingston Heath Golf Course too much, in fact with just a few holes to go in their 2016 World Cup second round they were entertaining thoughts of sneaking in with a 59.
In the end, they fell one short of the fabled golfing score, but were still happiness personified to be leading the other 27 countries going into the weekend.
Playing fourball, they had two eagles on the front nine plus a couple of birdies. They started the back, in a breeze strong enough to blow your hat off (personally verified); with five straight birdies.
Somewhere there the thought of a 59 arose. They later readily accepted it would be much easier to get a 59 as a fourball rather than alone, but said it would still be a pretty special score to achieve, particularly with a good mate on such a hard course.
In the end their 12-under 60 gave them a three stroke lead over China (65) with first round leaders Spain (67) a further stroke back.
Kjeldsen apparently remarked during his round he would happily play Kingston Heath for the rest of his life.
“Yeah, it’s brilliant,” he told the golf media afterwards. “It’s my favorite kind of golf, especially with the wind blowing. You’ve got to control the ball, you’ve got to always thinking about the angles that you leave yourself. It’s just a lot of fun playing like this. It’s not just, you don’t just get up and just whack it as hard as you can, you have to think your way around and I enjoy that.”
The Aussie pairing of Adam Scott and Marc Leishman again didn’t set the course afire, finishing with a 4-under 68 to be back at 2-under.
“Tomorrow is a good day to close a lot of shots and give ourselves a chance on Sunday,” Scott said. “So we need to sharpen up a bit.”
Leishman too was hoping for better things.
“We could have been happier I’m sure,” he said. “I certainly didn’t play the way I would have liked, but you know , it’s golf and it can do that to you. So we’re still staying positive , hoping we’ve saved all our good stuff for the weekend.”
2016 World Cup Leaderboard