World Cup Champions Adam Scott and Jason Day

Home hero Jason Day secured an emotional victory in the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf with an imperious display in Melbourne.

A week after losing eight members of his family in Typhoon Haiyan, the 25 year old delighted the large crowds at Royal Melbourne Golf Club by seeing off Denmark’s Thomas Björn by two strokes.

Day’s closing round of 70 for a ten-under-par aggregate total, allied to his team-mate Adam Scott’s seven-under-par score, also meant that Australia were crowned World Cup of Golf winners for the fifth time, beating the American team of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman by ten shots.

Unlike Scott, who eagled the first hole, Day started his round with a bogey, but rallied with back-to-back birdies from the third hole to regain the initiative.

Björn, who trailed Day by one shot overnight, also birdied the third and fifth holes to remain in the hunt, but the turning point arrived at the sixth hole, where the Australian holed his approach shot for an eagle.

In contrast, Björn dropped a shot and, despite three birdies on his back nine, the Dane’s round of level par 71 ultimately saw him finish two shots shy of the winning mark on eight under par.

Jason Day with the World Cup trophy

Day collected a total of US$1.5million – US$1.2million for winning the individual event, and a further US$300,000 for the team competition – for the biggest victory of his career.

He said: “It was a complete honour to win here at Royal Melbourne. To win in front of the Melbourne fans who are so passionate about their sport was an amazing feeling.

“It feels great. I just really don’t know what to think right now. All the hard work and dedication that I have put into my game over the last five or ten years is paying off.”

The win was particularly momentous for Day having learned only last week that a number of his family members had been killed in the Philippines disaster.

“It would have been the easiest thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what has been going on over the last week,” said Day.

“But I really wanted to come down here and play with Adam and really try and win the World Cup and we achieved that which is great.”

“This is really special to me and my family.”

Two-time World Cup champion and Australian golf legend Peter Thomson watched the victory from the confines of the Royal Melbourne clubhouse and greeted Day and Scott following their round.

“He said that he was going to see his friend, Kel Nagle, and he was going to tell his friend about what he saw today,” said Jason.

“Then I replied, ‘I would like to have five British Opens too.’  He said, “At least get three.”  So I have to kind of fulfil my promise there one day.”

In taking out the teams event, Day and Scott became the first Australians to claim the title since Peter Fowler and Wayne Grady captured the 1989 World Cup in Spain.

The individual title for 26-year-old Day was only his second as a Professional, and his first in Australia.

“It’s taken me a while to get my second win as a pro, and it couldn’t be more fitting with Scotty by my side winning the World Cup here in Melbourne.”

“Today I learnt a lot about myself and I am just really excited for next week to get started as well but I am definitely going to embrace being a World Cup winner tonight and I won’t go too crazy but I will definitely have a drink or two.”

Adam Scott with the Fanatics in tow

After sending a warning yesterday that he still didn’t think the individual title was out of reach, Scott’s finish in outright third position completed a remarkable comeback after being tied for 46th on the leaderboard at the end of Round 1.

“I tried to keep my focus a little bit on the teams’ event, especially after Thursday obviously when I was far behind,” said Scott.

“I think we will look back with really fond memories and be very proud that we have played here and represented Australia and won the World Cup in Australia.”

“I have got to congratulate Jase on winning individually.  He has come down and played great and that’s not always easy to do and it has been great to watch his development as a player, rapid development really, and I have a lot of respect for how much he puts into the game and I’m not surprised he is winning these kind of events and there will be plenty more to come.”

Björn was left to rue two bogeys in his last three holes, but the Dane was typically magnanimous in defeat.

He said: “Obviously I’m disappointed, but on the whole it’s been a great week. It’s been a real pleasure to play on this golf course, and I couldn’t be happier for Jason winning. He has gone through a rough time of late, and for him to even be here is massive.

“So to go and win a golf tournament in the circumstances, and for Australia to win the team event, that’s what all the people came to see. There’s nothing for smaller populated countries than when their sports stars do really well, and these two guys [Day and Scott] are fantastic.”

Scott, whose opening round of 75 included a nine, signed off with a best-of-the-day 66 to take third place on seven under par, one shot ahead of Kuchar, who closed with a level par round of 71.

Final results

WORLD CUP OF GOLF –

INDIVIDUAL – Top-10

Pos. Score -Par+ Name Represents R01 R02 R03 R04 Gross ($USD)
1 274 -10 Jason Day AUS 68 70 66 70 1,200,000.00$
2 276 -8 Thomas Bjorn DEN 66 68 71 71 760,000.00$
3 277 -7 Adam Scott AUS 75 68 68 66 490,000.00$
4 278 -6 Matt Kuchar USA 71 68 68 71 340,000.00$
5= 281 -3 Ryo Ishikawa JPN 71 71 70 69 270,000.00$
5= 281 -3 Kiradech Aphibarnrat THA 71 70 70 70 270,000.00$
7 282 -2 Hideto Tanihara JPN 72 67 71 72 240,000.00$
8= 283 -1 David Hearn CAN 70 71 71 71 197,500.00$
8= 283 -1 Stuart Manley WAL 67 72 72 72 197,500.00$
8= 283 -1 Kevin Streelman USA 66 69 74 74 197,500.00$
8= 283 -1 Francesco Molinari ITA 75 67 66 75 197,500.00$

 

WORLD CUP OF GOLF – TEAMS

Country To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
Australia -17 143 138 134 136 551
United States -7 137 137 142 145 561
Denmark -5 137 140 147 139 563
Japan -5 143 138 141 141 563
Canada +2 141 144 141 144 570
South Africa +4 147 141 145 139 572
France +5 145 140 145 143 573
Germany +5 144 145 139 145 573
Thailand +7 143 142 143 147 575
Scotland +8 141 143 146 146 576
Ireland +9 147 143 138 149 577
Sweden +9 148 143 147 139 577
England +10 144 143 143 148 578
Finland +10 142 147 144 145 578
South Korea +12 141 148 144 147 580
Netherlands +13 150 147 139 145 581
Argentina +14 149 146 146 141 582
Portugal +14 140 142 146 154 582
Spain +14 148 144 141 149 582
Brazil +15 144 143 141 155 583
Italy +15 151 141 142 149 583
New Zealand +15 154 144 141 144 583
Philippines +19 144 143 147 153 587
Chile +20 149 144 145 150 588
China +20 152 145 148 143 588
India +25 154 147 149 143 593

 

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