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 2

Belgium best brutal conditions to share World Cup lead with Korea

November 23, 2018

Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters battled the brutal conditions to move Belgium into a share of the lead with Korea at the halfway stage of the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf.

Belgium best brutal conditions to share World Cup lead with Korea, © Getty Images
Thomas Detry (left) & Thomas Pieters

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“I think we played very solid," said Pieters. "Both of us were pretty much on our games. The short game was pretty good today. Thomas holed out great from six, seven feet in and I made some really good recovery bunker shots so we saved ourselves some good pars. We'll try to do the same on Sunday as we did today, but tomorrow's a whole different game. And we did well yesterday in fourball, we've just got to get going a bit earlier than we did yesterday and hopefully have another couple good ones.”

With torrential rain and gusting winds sweeping across the Metropolitan Golf Club, the 28 team field could have been forgiven for thinking they were playing in the wrong hemisphere on Friday, with just four teams – Belgium, Italy, Mexico and Scotland - managing to break par in the notoriously tricky foursomes format.

“To be honest, I didn't think we would finish today," said Detry." Waking up this morning and getting here, it was just like horizontal rain. So wind got up, wind didn't drop, so it was just a tough day all around. Yeah, happy it's done and I'm excited for my shower tonight!”

Detry and Pieters carded a one under 71, one better than Korea, to join Ben An and Si Woo Kim at the top of the leaderboard on ten under, with four teams – England (74), Italy (71), India (72) and Malaysia (73) – in a tie for third place two shots off the lead.

“It's such a tough format with this wind and rain," said An, "so I think we did well to shoot under par today. It was a cold day, so it was like just trying to hold on and have some fun and the result was pretty good. We tried to stay focused and it's such a tough wind and rain, so it was really -- it was chaos, so I think we kept in the game and never got out of it. It was so tough that I think the weather actually helped keep us together.”

Mexico's two under score was the best of the day and propelled Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz into seventh spot in seven under, while Scotland's 71 saw them join host nation Australia on six under in a share of eighth.

The tournament switches to fourballs for Saturday's third round, with the final round moving back to foursomes on Sunday.

Pos.
Team To Par R1 R2 Total
T1
T. Pieters / T. Detry. T -10 63 71 134
T1
B. An / S. Kim -10 62 72 134
T3
A. Pavan / R. Paratore -8 65 71 136
T3
A. Lahiri / G. Bhullar -8 64 72 136
T3
G. Green / B. Leong -8 63 73 136
T3
T. Hatton / I. Poulter -8 62 74 136
7
A. Ancer / R. Diaz -7 67 70 137
T8
R. Knox / M. Laird -6 67 71 138
T8
M. Leishman / C. Smith -6 62 76 138
T10
A. Levy / M. Lorenzo-Vera -5 66 73 139
T10
A. Bjork / J. Lagergren -5 65 74 139
T12
S. Lowry / P. Dunne -4 64 76 140
T12
T. Olesen / S. Kjeldsen -4 63 77 140
T14
A. Hadwin / N. Taylor -3 68 73 141
T14
M. Korhonen / M. Ilonen -3 66 75 141
T14
R. Fox / M. Brown -3 65 76 141
T17
A. Otaegui / J. Campillo -2 68 74 142
T17
H. Li / A. Wu -2 66 76 142
T17
D. Frittelli / E. van Rooyen -2 66 76 142
20
S. Manley / B. Dredge -1 70 73 143
T21
K. Aphibarnrat / P. Meesawat 1 67 78 145
T21
K. Stanley / M. Kuchar 1 66 79 145
T21
S. Kodaira / H. Tanihara 1 66 79 145
24
J. Vegas / J. Naffah 3 65 82 147
25
M. Kaymer / M. Kieffer 5 68 81 149
26
J. Luiten / D. Huizing 7 69 82 151
27
P. Karmis / A. Tranacher 9 66 87 153
28
S. Vincent / B. Follett-Smith 12 72 84 156
Pos.
Team To Par R2 Total
T1
T. Pieters / T. Detry. T -10 71 134
T1
B. An / S. Kim -10 72 134
T3
A. Pavan / R. Paratore -8 71 136
T3
A. Lahiri / G. Bhullar -8 72 136
T3
G. Green / B. Leong -8 73 136
T3
T. Hatton / I. Poulter -8 74 136
7
A. Ancer / R. Diaz -7 70 137
T8
R. Knox / M. Laird -6 71 138
T8
M. Leishman / C. Smith -6 76 138
T10
A. Levy / M. Lorenzo-Vera -5 73 139
T10
A. Bjork / J. Lagergren -5 74 139
T12
S. Lowry / P. Dunne -4 76 140
T12
T. Olesen / S. Kjeldsen -4 77 140
T14
A. Hadwin / N. Taylor -3 73 141
T14
M. Korhonen / M. Ilonen -3 75 141
T14
R. Fox / M. Brown -3 76 141
T17
A. Otaegui / J. Campillo -2 74 142
T17
H. Li / A. Wu -2 76 142
T17
D. Frittelli / E. van Rooyen -2 76 142
20
S. Manley / B. Dredge -1 73 143
T21
K. Aphibarnrat / P. Meesawat 1 78 145
T21
K. Stanley / M. Kuchar 1 79 145
T21
S. Kodaira / H. Tanihara 1 79 145
24
J. Vegas / J. Naffah 3 82 147
25
M. Kaymer / M. Kieffer 5 81 149
26
J. Luiten / D. Huizing 7 82 151
27
P. Karmis / A. Tranacher 9 87 153
28
S. Vincent / B. Follett-Smith 12 84 156