Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, Soren Kjeldsen go low to take control at World Cup

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, Soren Kjeldsen go low to take control at World Cup

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Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, Soren Kjeldsen go low to take control at World Cup

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Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen had this to say of Thorbjorn Olesen, his teammate at this week’s ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf, on Friday in Melbourne, Australia:

“I’m like a train, I arrive on time. He’s the flashy one with an amazing game,” Kjeldsen told The Associated Press.

The two Danes are different types of players, yes, but they made quite the combination in Round 2 at Kingston Heath as they combined to shoot 12-under 60 in a four-ball format and take a three-shot lead at 12 under over China’s Ashun Wu and Haotong Li. Even more impressive was they did it during even windier conditions than the opening round Down Under.

“This is my favorite type of golf,” Kjeldsen said. “You’ve got to control the ball and look at the angles. You don’t just get up and whack it, you’ve got to think your way around.”

Each Dane contributed an eagle on the front nine Friday – Kjeldsen holed out from 150 yards on the par-4 third hole and Olesen made a lengthy chip at the par-5 eighth. The pair turned in 6-under 29 before starting the back nine with five straight birdies. A closing birdie at the par-4 18th gave them an inward 6-under 31.

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The first-round leaders, Spain’s Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrera Bello, are third at 8 under after a second-round 67. As for the Americans, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, they are tied for fourth at 7 under after a 67 of their own.

The defending-champion Australian team of Adam Scott and Marc Leishman are 10 shots back of the lead after a Friday 68 that move them into a share for 18th.

“Our best stuff needs to be on the weekend now,” Scott said. “You never know, it’s a tough format. Doesn’t mean the leaders are going to play any good over the weekend, so, hopefully, we can close the gap.”

If the Danes keep playing like they did Friday, it will be tough for anyone to catch them.

– Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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