World Cup

ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf

November 22-25

Metropolitan Golf Club, South Oakleigh, Australia

$7,000,000

November 22-25

Metropolitan Golf Club, South Oakleigh, Australia

$7,000,000

Round 1

Hatton and Poulter fire England into share of World Cup lead

November 22, 2018

The English team of Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter produced an excellent fourball score of ten under par 62 to take a share of the first round lead with Australia and Korea at the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf.

Hatton and Poulter fire England into share of World Cup lead , © Getty Images

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“I think we're quite happy with that," said Poulter."You know, on a day like today you have to make some birdies. We made enough to get on the top of the board, which is the main goal. We dovetailed nicely; when one was out of position, the other one was in position and that's exactly what you have to do today. Foursomes is a completely different game. This golf course will be a lot more difficult tomorrow and obviously Sunday, so we've got a couple of days of enjoyable golf and then there's a couple days of stressful golf. We are happy with the start but there is a lot of golf to be played over the next three days.”

Being played at the superb Metropolitan Golf Club – one of the standout courses of the legendary Melbourne Sandbelt – the World Cup brings together 28 nations for the biennial competition which is being played for the 59th time in Australia.

Represented by Marc Leishman and Cam Smith, the host nation delighted the home crowds in Melbourne by joining England and the Korean duo of Ben An and Si Woo Kim at the top of the leaderboard.

Defending champions Denmark, represented once again by Thorbjørn Olesen and Søren Kjeldsen, are just one shot off the lead in a tie for fourth place with Malaysia and the Belgian pairing of Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry, with Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne of Ireland on eight under alongside the Indian team of Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri.

“I love this golf course," said Olesen. "I didn't have my best today, but like Soren said, he played steady and I stepped in at the right times. I think nine under was a good score with the way we played. The golf course is playing great. It was a bit tricky with the wind out there, but we managed to do all right with it. Yeah, it was a good time.”

Friday's second round will see a switch in format to foursomes, with each team member playing alternate shots.

Pos.
Team
To Par
R1
T1
B. An / S. Kim. B. An
-10
62
T1
T. Hatton / I. Poulter
-10
62
T1
M. Leishman / C. Smith
-10
62
T4
G. Green / B. Leong
-9
63
T4
T. Pieters / T. Detry
-9
63
T4
T. Olesen / S. Kjeldsen
-9
63
T7
S. Lowry / P. Dunne
-8
64
T7
A. Lahiri / G. Bhullar
-8
64
T9
A. Pavan / R. Paratore
-7
65
T9
A. Bjork / J. Lagergren
-7
65
T9
R. Fox / M. Brown
-7
65
T9
J. Vegas / J. Naffah
-7
65
T13
M. Korhonen / M. Ilonen
-6
66
T13
A. Levy / M. Lorenzo-Vera
-6
66
T13
D. Frittelli / E. van Rooyen
-6
66
T13
P. Karmis / A. Tranacher
-6
66
T13
S. Kodaira / H. Tanihara
-6
66
T13
H. Li / A. Wu
-6
66
T13
K. Stanley / M. Kuchar
-6
66
T20
R. Knox / M. Laird
-5
67
T20
A. Ancer / R. Diaz
-5
67
T20
K. Aphibarnrat / P. Meesawat
-5
67
T23
A. Otaegui / J. Campillo
-4
68
T23
A. Hadwin / N. Taylor
-4
68
T23
M. Kaymer / M. Kieffer
-4
68
26
J. Luiten / D. Huizing
-3
69
27
S. Manley / B. Dredge
-2
70
28
S. Vincent / B. Follett-Smith
E
72
Pos.
Team
To Par
R1
T1
B. An / S. Kim. B. An
-10
62
T1
T. Hatton / I. Poulter
-10
62
T1
M. Leishman / C. Smith
-10
62
T4
G. Green / B. Leong
-9
63
T4
T. Pieters / T. Detry
-9
63
T4
T. Olesen / S. Kjeldsen
-9
63
T7
S. Lowry / P. Dunne
-8
64
T7
A. Lahiri / G. Bhullar
-8
64
T9
A. Pavan / R. Paratore
-7
65
T9
A. Bjork / J. Lagergren
-7
65
T9
R. Fox / M. Brown
-7
65
T9
J. Vegas / J. Naffah
-7
65
T13
M. Korhonen / M. Ilonen
-6
66
T13
A. Levy / M. Lorenzo-Vera
-6
66
T13
D. Frittelli / E. van Rooyen
-6
66
T13
P. Karmis / A. Tranacher
-6
66
T13
S. Kodaira / H. Tanihara
-6
66
T13
H. Li / A. Wu
-6
66
T13
K. Stanley / M. Kuchar
-6
66
T20
R. Knox / M. Laird
-5
67
T20
A. Ancer / R. Diaz
-5
67
T20
K. Aphibarnrat / P. Meesawat
-5
67
T23
A. Otaegui / J. Campillo
-4
68
T23
A. Hadwin / N. Taylor
-4
68
T23
M. Kaymer / M. Kieffer
-4
68
26
J. Luiten / D. Huizing
-3
69
27
S. Manley / B. Dredge
-2
70
28
S. Vincent / B. Follett-Smith
E
72