Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry secured first ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf for Belgium.
The young and talented Belgium duo started the final day with five-shot advantage in the Melbourne World Cup. Unfortunately for him, it was reduced to two by home favorites Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith. At the end, Pieters and Detry carded final round 68 to finish the event at 23 under par. The Australians shared second place at 20 under alongside the team of Mexico which was represented by Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz. While the defending champions Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen from Denmark climbed to shared 4th place.
Pieters and Detry will take $2,240,000 from tournament total purse of $7,000,000.
This is Belgium first title in the event. The last time when Belgium was in the top 5 was in 1955 when they shared 4th place with the team of Argentina.
Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith did their best to take a trophy home to Melbourne but they fell just short in second place. The last time when Australia won the trophy was in 2013 when Jason Day and Adam Scott smashed the field and won by 10 strokes.
Aaron Rain claimes the maiden European Tour title after winning the Honma Hong Kong Open
Rai, who was leading the tournament since the first round, started the day six shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick. He played the final round at one under par and finished at 17 under for the tournament. Matthew Fitzpatrick had much better final round, he played on six under for the day and finished solo second at 16 under.
The tournament in Hong Kong is with prize fund of $2,000,000 and this is the first event from the 2019 European Tour schedule. The winner takes € 292,343 and the lead at the 2019 Race to Dubai.
Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi final leaderboard:
Interesting fact: The 2018 Hong Kong Open champion Aaron Rai plays with two gloves. Follow the link to see what the reason is:
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