THE Danes held a four shot lead going into the final round of the 2016 World Cup of Golf and reckoned they could maintain the smiles and fun when it comes to the crunch on Sunday.
Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen didn’t quite match the 12-under theatrics of their second round at Kingston Heath but were still reasonably comfortable with their 2-under 70 in the alternate shot foursomes format.
They will be back to the more forgiving fourball on Sunday and said they were undaunted at playing with American stars Rickie Fowler and US PGA winner Jimmy Walker in the final pairing.
The Danes were at 14-under for the tournament with the US (69) at 10-under and the Chinese (72) at 9-under.
“We showed yesterday that a really low score is possible out there in the four?ball,” Olesen said. “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.”
The Americans were reasonably happy with their “solid” round but know they have to do more on Sunday.
“I think Rick and I just need to go out and make a bunch of birdies,” Walker said. “That’s all we can do. I know we think our best golf’s still in front of us, so we’ll go out tomorrow and see what happens.”
Aussies Adam Scott had another so so day, shooting a 2-under 70 to be on 4-under tied for 11th.
The pair acknowledged they would have to do something pretty special, like matching the Dane’s 60 second round to have any chance of defending their World Cup title.
“Well, we’re just going to have to make every putt we look at,” Scott said. “That’s what it takes to shoot any low round. Hopefully we’ve saved them all until tomorrow.”