World Cup Golf 2016, Kingston Heath
Kingston Heath has more than lived up to it's ranking as one of the best golf courses in Ausrtalia after the end of the World Cup of Golf yesterday. Every team were full of praise for the city of Melbourne and the layout of the golf course.
The Daddyshack team were treated to a great days golf, watching every country in action from the range to the course. Although the Danish team were the eventual winners, we were amazed by the friendliness and skill of all the golfers who played.
We started out following the opening match of Team Philippines and Team Wales. Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que for the Philippines were in great spirits and chatted with the small gallery following them as well as shared a few jokes from time to time. Team Wales as well played great golf shooting -9 for the day and Bradley Dredge told us after hitting a tree stump and connoning back into the fairway on 16 that he was "aiming for it!" It was good to see how relaxed both teams were after the first 3 days of competition. I'm sure the well behaved crowds and the golf course itself was the reason behind the good moods.
This was the same with every group we encountered for the day. Team Korea shot -8, Team Malaysia shot -6, Team Germany -8, Team Thailand -6 and Andy Sullivan joked his way around for Team England. He and Chris Wood shooting -7 for their final round.
Great golf was being played all around us but again and again we were drawn to the cheers coming from 2 matches. Team Sweden with Team New Zealand and Team Australia with Team Austria. Alex Noren and David Lingmerth tore up the front nine with birdies on 3,4,6 & 8 as well as birdies on 10,12,13,14,15 & 17 on the back nine for a round of 62! The large local gallery following Team Australia were singing for Scott and Leishman to go low, low, low (thanks to the fanatics) and birdies followed. 7 of them in total as well as a near ace for Scott on the 15th hole. The call of "I bet you a $1000 bucks you miss that putt" would have been amusing for the 3 footer, but the large crowd may have mobbed us. It was a fantastic game to follow and although too little, too late, the Aussies showed the spark we all wanted to see.
Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque showed great skills in their -9 round. Dubuisson almost frightens golf courses with his stares and today the Heath looked a little afraid of him as Team France had 4 birdies on the front, 4 birdies in a row on the back and finished up tied for second place. Team Spain on the other hand did not seem to be playing their best. Jon Rahm on several occasions lashing out at his clubs after hitting average approach shots on the front nine. But they held it together and finished up shooting a 66, finishing 8th overall.
The second last match of the day was somewhat confusing and annoying. Team Japan with Team China had huge crowds following them, but personally, we could not keep watching this match. They were playing so slow, it was painful. At one point a 10 foot putt was read by all both team members and their caddies. Then after stepping up, they backed off and all 4 of them read it again. They stepped off the putt a third time and then proceeded to read it from every direction again. It was ridiculous to the point of annoying and this match ended up at least 3 holes behind at the end of the day. The gallery around the 18th green was left to wait over half an hour before they eventually appeared down the fairway. After shots were hit to the 18th, the all in green reading at a snails pace was displayed again. Both teams finished up shooting 65's for the day, but so many spectators walked away from this match annoyed because of its pace. This match was perhaps summed up by a fan on the 18th who yelled out "keep up with the group in front please!"
I can only imagine how it must have been for Team USA with Team Denmark. They sat behind the Japan/China match all day. Although we saw nothing said, Rickie Fowler did not look in a very good mood after he finished. He did not linger long for autograph seekers and I think he was not happy at all being made to be out there for over 5 hours. The crowds around this match looked tired too at the end as they waited a long time to finish.
But, it was Team Denmark who claimed the trophy. The tough course specialist, Soren Kjeldsen and the "Thunder Bear" Thorbjorn Olesen played mignificent golf all week and shot -6 on the back nine, after parring the front, to win by a healthy 4 shots. Olesen making a very nice putt on 18 to add a little to the victory that was already theirs. Well deserved winners after their second round 60 put them in a great place to win their first World Cup. Both Kjeldsen and Olesen praising the city of Melbourne and the Kingston Heath golf course in their acceptance speeches.
Congratulations to Kingston Heath for putting on such a great tournament and turning out such a perfect golf course to play it on. If you haven't been to the golf lately, why not? It was world class action all day.
Here is a list of all 28 teams who came to play.
Australia: Adam Scott & Marc Leishman
Austria: Bernd Wiesberger & Martin Wiegele
Belgium: Thomas Pieters & Nicolas Colsaerts
Canada: David Hearn & Graham DeLaet
China: Wu Ashun & Haotong Li
Chinese Taipei: C.T. Pan & Chan Shih-Chang
Denmark: Soren Kjeldsen & Thorbjorn Olesen
England: Chris Wood & Danny Sullivan
France: Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque
Germany: Alex Cejka & Stephan Jaeger
India: SSP Cawrasia & S Chikkarangappa
Ireland: Shane Lowry & Graeme McDowell
Italy: Francesco Molinari & Matteo Manassero
Japan: Hideki Matsuyama & Ryo Ishikawa
Korea: Byeong Hun An & K.T. Kim
Malaysia: Danny Chia & Nicholas Fung
Netherlands: Joost Luiten & Darius van Driel
New Zealand: Danny Lee & Ryan Fox
Philippines: Miguel Tabuena & Angelo Que
Portugal: Ricardo Gouveia & Jose-Filipe Lima
Scotland: Russell Knox & Duncan Stewart
South Africa: Jaco Van Zyl & George Coetzee
Spain: Rafa Cabrera Bello & Jon Rahm
Sweden: Alex Noren & David Lingmerth
Thailand: Thongchai Jaidee & Kiradech Aphibranrat
United States: Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker
Venezuela: Jhonatton Vegas & Julio Vegas
Wales: Jamie Donaldson & Bradley Dredge