Bjorn, U.S. lead World Cup individual, team competition

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

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn leads the individual competition at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf through 36 holes at Royal Melbourne, while the United States tops the leader board in the two-man team competition.

Bjorn, a 40-to-1 pick to win the individual title at heading into the week, reached 8-under just ahead of American Kevin Streelman. Ranked 44th in the world, Bjorn ended the 2013 season 10th in the Race To Dubai Standings.

Streelman, teamed with Matt Kuchar, headline the team competition at 10-under overall – three shots ahead of Denmark. Kuchar fired a 3-under-68 round Friday to put the Americans in the lead. Streelman, who won the PGA Tour’s Tampa Bay Championship in March, finished the 2013 season 17th on the Money List earning more than $3 million.

Australia’s Jason Day is 4-under overall and T-3, while Scotland’s Martin Laird and Kuchar are T-5 heading into the weekend.

World No. 2 Adam Scott, coming off back-to-back victories in Australia, is T-21 alongside Graeme McDowell, Branden Grace and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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