Nobody can agree on the right format for the World Cup of Golf. Staged four times by China between 2007 and 11, it used to be called the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.
Since then, it’s been held just twice. Once in 2013, for which there was also an individual winner, and again this past weekend, at which Denmark triumphed. Nobody knows when the next one will take place – after all, it’s had more revamps than Batman.
Denmark’s dynamic duo
But that won’t be worrying the Danish team of Thorbjørn Olesen and Søren Kjeldsen, who pocketed 18 million kroner for winning the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath in Australia this Sunday – the biggest cash prize in Danish golf history.
The 26-year-old Olesen and 41-year-old Kjeldsen closed with a six-under 66 for a four-round total of 268, finishing four strokes clear of the US (Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker – arguably the only big names in the field besides home favourite Adam Scott), China and France.
Denmark’s previous best result was when Thomas Bjørn and Søren Hansen finished second in 2001. Bjørn and Olesen were third in 2013.
Two medals from Ironman
Meanwhile, Denmark is celebrating yet another sports victory as two of its female triathletes won medals at the Cozumel Ironman in Mexico on Sunday.
Michelle Vesterby took gold in a time of 9 hours, 8 minutes and 6 seconds, while her friend Camilla Pedersen finished third just six minutes later.
The silver medal went to Lauren Brandon from the US, who performed worse in the cycling than the two Danes but managed to overtake Pedersen in the final marathon run.
“I’m mega happy and proud of my victory,” said Vesterby. “I had a really good day, and Camilla and I worked well together.”
In 2014, Vesterby finished second in Mexico and won the KMD Ironman in Copenhagen last year.