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 4

Belgium make history in Melbourne with World Cup win

November 25, 2018

Belgium held off a late challenge from hosts Australia to win the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf for the first time at The Metropolitan Golf Club.

Belgium make history in Melbourne with World Cup win, © Getty Images

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Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters brought a five-shot advantage into the final foursomes but Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith cut that to just two as the huge crowds at the Sandbelt venue began to get excited about a second Australian win in five years.

“It feels pretty good," said Pieters. "It's not something you put on your list when you're a golfer, but, you know, I felt it this morning and I felt it while we were playing, it's just excitement and a bit of nerves. You know, I told my mom and dad it's been a long time since I won and this feels as good as an individual title. I'm very, very happy."

“With us bringing this thing back home, I think it will change a bit how kids look at golf and they'll have something to look up to. We had Nico Colsaerts to look up to. We never really got in touch with him when we were younger and I think we would have loved it. He maybe because he had the same coach, but for me it would have been amazing to see him play. In a couple weeks we're doing a day with all the juniors back home and for me it's fun to do that because I know how much I would have loved it, so that's why we do it.”

The Belgians held their nerve over the final three holes, however, to sign for a 68 and finish the week at 23 under, three shots ahead of Australia and Mexican pair Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz.

“We weren't far away in the football World Cup," said Detry, "so it's pretty good to bring it back! Like Thomas said, it's not really something you put on the list, but when it happens, you qualify for it, you play for it, you play with your best mate and it's kind of a dream come true. There's nothing like representing your country on the other side of the world, it's just amazing."

“I think the key moment today was when Thomas made the putt the tenth for par and the birdie he made on 11, those two putts were massive. I think that was the key moment because 11 is one of the toughest holes on the course. Ten, it was a sliding putt, not easy, so we could have easily gone bogey, bogey and we went par, birdie. After that we slapped a few bogeys in, but we always came back with a birdie, so I think the key moment was definitely ten and 11."

Standing on the 18 th tee with a two shot lead, Detry produced one of his shots of the week as he thundered a drive down the middle of the fairway to leave his partner a short wedge to the hole. Pieters then turned on the style, planting his approach three feet from the pin to allow Detry to tap-in for birdie and seal an historic victory.

Defending champions Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen closed with a 65 to finish at 17 under as a duo of European Tour Members lifted the World Cup for the eighth time in the last ten editions of the event.

Pos.
Team
Nat.
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
T. Pieters / T. Detry
BEL
-23
63
71
63
68
265
T2
M. Leishman / C. Smith
AUS
-20
62
76
65
65
268
T2
A. Ancer / R. Diaz
MEX
-20
67
70
65
66
268
T4
T. Olesen / S. Kjeldsen
DEN
-17
63
77
66
65
271
T4
A. Hadwin / N. Taylor
CAN
-17
68
73
64
66
271
T6
B. An / S. Kim. B
KOR
-16
62
72
68
70
272
T6
A. Pavan / R. Paratore
ITA
-16
65
71
66
70
272
8
T. Hatton / I. Poulter
ENG
-15
62
74
67
70
273
9
A. Bjork / J. Lagergren. A
SWE
-14
65
74
64
71
274
T10
A. Levy / M. Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-12
66
73
68
69
276
T10
A. Lahiri / G. Bhullar
IND
-12
64
72
70
70
276
T10
S. Lowry / P. Dunne
IRE
-12
64
76
65
71
276
13
H. Li / A. Wu
CHI
-11
66
76
68
67
277
T14
K. Aphibarnrat / P. Meesawat
THA
-10
67
78
67
66
278
T14
R. Knox / M. Laird
SCO
-10
67
71
67
73
278
T16
K. Stanley / M. Kuchar
USA
-9
66
79
66
68
279
T16
S. Manley / B. Dredge
WAL
-9
70
73
66
70
279
T18
R. Fox / M. Brown
NZL
-8
65
76
69
70
280
T18
M. Korhonen / M. Ilonen
FIN
-8
66
75
68
71
280
T18
D. Frittelli / E. van Rooyen
RSA
-8
66
76
66
72
280
21
A. Otaegui / J. Campillo
ESP
-7
68
74
64
75
281
22
G. Green / B. Leong
MAL
-6
63
73
72
74
282
23
S. Kodaira / H. Tanihara
JAP
-1
66
79
70
72
287
T24
J. Luiten / D. Huizing
NLD
1
69
82
68
70
289
T24
J. Vegas / J. Naffah
VEN
1
65
82
67
75
289
26
M. Kaymer / M. Kieffer
GER
2
68
81
68
73
290
27
S. Vincent / B. Follett-Smith
ZWE
7
72
84
66
73
295
28
P. Karmis / A. Tranacher
GRC
19
66
87
68
86
307
Pos.
Team
Nat.
To Par
R4
Total
1
T. Pieters / T. Detry
BEL
-23
68
265
T2
M. Leishman / C. Smith
AUS
-20
65
268
T2
A. Ancer / R. Diaz
MEX
-20
66
268
T4
T. Olesen / S. Kjeldsen
DEN
-17
65
271
T4
A. Hadwin / N. Taylor
CAN
-17
66
271
T6
B. An / S. Kim. B
KOR
-16
70
272
T6
A. Pavan / R. Paratore
ITA
-16
70
272
8
T. Hatton / I. Poulter
ENG
-15
70
273
9
A. Bjork / J. Lagergren. A
SWE
-14
71
274
T10
A. Levy / M. Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-12
69
276
T10
A. Lahiri / G. Bhullar
IND
-12
70
276
T10
S. Lowry / P. Dunne
IRE
-12
71
276
13
H. Li / A. Wu
CHI
-11
67
277
T14
K. Aphibarnrat / P. Meesawat
THA
-10
66
278
T14
R. Knox / M. Laird
SCO
-10
73
278
T16
K. Stanley / M. Kuchar
USA
-9
68
279
T16
S. Manley / B. Dredge
WAL
-9
70
279
T18
R. Fox / M. Brown
NZL
-8
70
280
T18
M. Korhonen / M. Ilonen
FIN
-8
71
280
T18
D. Frittelli / E. van Rooyen
RSA
-8
72
280
21
A. Otaegui / J. Campillo
ESP
-7
75
281
22
G. Green / B. Leong
MAL
-6
74
282
23
S. Kodaira / H. Tanihara
JAP
-1
72
287
T24
J. Luiten / D. Huizing
NLD
1
70
289
T24
J. Vegas / J. Naffah
VEN
1
75
289
26
M. Kaymer / M. Kieffer
GER
2
73
290
27
S. Vincent / B. Follett-Smith
ZWE
7
73
295
28
P. Karmis / A. Tranacher
GRC
19
86
307