Aussies triumph at World Cup of Golf

Final Round –ISPA Handa World Cup of Golf – Royal Melbourne Golf Club – Melbourne, Australia –

Australia reigns supreme at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf.

Austalia’s Jason Day finished off a 1-under final round at Royal Melbourne Golf Club to end up 10-under and two clear of Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn to capture the individual title, while his partner Adam Scott rallied with a 66 to close out in third place.

The Australia team ran away with the team competition – finishing 17-under – winning by 10 shots over the American squad of Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman.

Day, a 9-to-1 betting selection at to start the week, finished 12th on the PGA Tour Money List in 2013 making 21 of 21 cuts. He was 11th in Scoring Averaging and 14th in the All-Around category, but failed to convert a victory.

Bjorn was tied for the lead at the 15th hole until an errant tee shot cost him a shot at the victory.

Day, who won the 2010 HP Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour, has been knocking on the door this year without a win. He finished third at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, third at the Masters Tournament, T-2 at the U.S. Open and T-4 at the BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Kuchar logged a fourth-place effort on the individual leader board with Ryo Ishikawa and Kiradech Aphibarnrat finishing T-5.

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