Friday , July 23 2021

Golf: Australia reel in England, South Korea in the World Cup Golf

Homecoming Cameron Smith returned to the final hole to give Australia a share of his lead with England and South Korea after the first round of the $ 7 million World Cup in Melbourne on Thursday.

On a brutal day at the Metropolitan Golf Club, the 25-year-old baby was combining with Mark Leishman to win 10 under 62 at the start of the four-ball tournament, boosting the nation's sixth title hopes at a 28-nation event.

Playing in the last group with the United States, the local duo is told in English Tyrell Hatton and Ian Pulter and the Koreans Kim Sivao and Ai Biong-Khan as he excites a great gallery.

"It was nice today," Smith told reporters.

"There were a lot of people here for Thursday.

"We hope we can keep them over the weekend and give them something to cheer on."

The troika leaders held a strike against Denmark's leading defenders Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen, Belgium and a surprise package Malaysia.

The United States Matt Kohar and Kyle Stanley began brightly on the Thanksgiving celebration of their nation with four successive bumps from the fourth to the seventh hole and the eagle on the ground five five.

But their festivities were softened by a stunning back nine, featuring a bird and a god, and finished the day with four strokes.

Sandwalk Polletter and Hatton's veteran, who gathered after playing for Europe's winning team at the Ryder Cup, grabbed six infantrymen on the back of the nine on the day they were not a god.

England has applied for its third title and first after Paul Casey and Luc Donald won the 2004 event in Spain.

"You can not make the goddess in this format and be happy," said Poole.

"Today you will attack the golf course and make as many birdies as you can."

The first group, Gavin Green in Malaysia and Ben Leong, grabbed the lead of the club, slammed ahead with eagles in the seventh and ninth before being pulled out late.

"We met well and I think it's good," said 24-year-old Green, who became the first Malaysian to stand on top of the Asian tour last year.

"He is (Leong) a little shorter than me and I'm a little longer, so it's always nice to have this little combination of some holes … We look forward to the next few days."

Two-man teams compete in four games in the second round on Friday.

Australia will be matched by England in a nice crowd move to root out traditional sports rivals against each other on the eve of meeting both sides in the rugby test in London.

"You have ashes and rugby and all that," said Smith. "Yes, there is a rivalry … We look forward to it."

(Editing by John O'Brien)

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