Over the past weekend, 60 players descended on Royal Melbourne golf course for the World Cup of Golf. Tim Morgan takes a look at how your country performed.
Eight million dollars was up for grabs this past weekend for the winners of the team and individual events at the World Cup of Golf.
The format – a preview of what to expect come the Rio Olympics – gave prizes to the best individual score and to the country with the two golfers with the best aggregate score.
That left 60 players and pairs from 26 different countries competing for easily the biggest golfing prize in Australia this summer.
Jason Day: -10 (1st)
Adam Scott: -7 (3rd)
Aggregate: -17 (1st)
Australia couldn’t have had a better tournament with Jason Day taking out the individual prize on way to an overall team victory. Following victories at the Australian Masters and the Australian PGA Championship, it was Scott who was most fancied to win, but after a 5 over 9 on the 12th during his first round it was going to be difficult for Scott to come back. That left the door open for Day, who had not played in five weeks after losing eight family members to Typhoon Haiyan.
Ryo Ishikawa: -3 (T-5th)
Hideto Tanihara: -2 (7th)
Aggregate: -5 (4th)
Fourth overall was a great reward for a remarkably consistent tournament from the Japanese where neither player shot more than one over on any of their rounds. Despite Tanihara’s second round 67 leaving him four under for the tournament, neither genuinely challenged for first place.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat: -3 (T-5th)
Prayad Marksaeng: +10 (T-50th)
Aggregate: +7 (9th)
Many players found the final day at Royal Melbourne difficult with only 12 of the 60 players field shooting under the card. One of those players was Marksaeng whose six over 77 was his worst score for the tournament and caused Thailand to slip down the leader board. Much like Ishikawa, Aphibarnrat was rewarded for his consistency and did not return a card over par for the tournament with scores of 71, 70, 70 and 70.
K.J Choi: +1 (T-15th)
Sang-Moon Bae: +11 (52nd)
Aggregate: +12 (15th)
Choi – the eight-time PGA tour winner – was only one shot off the pace after day one after a four under 67. The veteran, in his 20th year as a pro, never found that form again and was five over for the rest of the tournament. Scores of 74, 74, 73 and 74 meant Bae was never a factor at the World Cup.
Angelo Que: +9 (T-46th)
Tony Lascuna: +10 (T-50th)
Aggregate: +19 (23rd)
On Friday night Lascuna was one under and had only shot three bogies. After four holes on Saturday he had already equalled that amount finishing with rounds of 77 and 76. Better luck next time for Que, who was not one of the frontrunners this tournament.
A-shun Wu: +6 (T-38th)
Wen-Chong Liang: +14 (55th)
Aggregate: +20 (T-24th)
This was a frustrating tournament for Wu, who shot two rounds under par but had blowouts of 77 and 75 in his first and third round respectively. China placed second last overall.
Anirban Lahiri: +3 (T-25th)
Gaganjheet Bhullar: +22 (60th)
Aggregate: +25 (26th)
Unfortunately, India finished last in this year’s World Cup of Golf.