Sports News in Brief: Denmark on course to win World Cup in Golf

Danes shoot a stunning 60
A stunning round of 60 at the wind-swept ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf in Melbourne yesterday propelled Denmark to the top of the leaderboard. Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen chipped in an eagle each along with eight birdies to record a round of 12 under par. They lead China by three strokes. In a field not exactly overflowing with world stars, there are two or three big names. Home favourite Adam Scott is representing Australia, and Jimmy Walker, the US PGA champion, is playing for the US along with Rickie Fowler, five shots behind the Danes, who are clear 13/8 favourites to lift the trophy.

Stardom beckons for Kasper
A hat-trick by Danish forward Kasper Dolberg for Ajax against NEC Nijmegen last weekend pushed the young Dane to the top of the Eredivisie goalscoring charts, and now the world’s media is taking notice. Still only 19, he has scored eight in 13 league games. His hat-trick came in just 18 minutes and included a backward header powered in from fully 12 yards out (see below).  The 187 cm, blond-haired player made his Superliga debut for Silkeborg IF in May 2015, but by that time he had already been signed for Ajax after being spotted by scout John Steen Olsen, the same talent-spotter who discovered Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Christian Eriksen and Jesper Grønkjær.

DBU signs up state betting company
The Danish Football Association, DBU, has signed a four-year sponsorship deal with Danske Spil. The state betting operator will replace Tipico Sportswette as the official gaming partner of the Danish national men’s and under-21 teams. The partnership will run until the end of Euro 2020. Among the national team’s other official sponsors are Hummel, Carlsberg and Sportmaster.

GolfBox gets new ownership
The Danish company GolfBox has been snapped up by an ambitious Australian company MSL Solutions. GolfBox provides a cloud-based tool to golf club administrators in 15 different countries – to organise tournaments, understand their customers better etc – and it fits in well with MSL’s sports software portfolio, which includes the administration of other sports clubs, private and yacht clubs, and stadia. Founded in east Jutland in 2003, GolfBox has around 20 employees and is confident the acquisition will accelerate its global growth.





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