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Danes extend lead at golf World Cup

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/11/2016 John Salvado

Soren Kjeldsen has pledged he and teammate Thorbjorn Olesen will remain in attack mode, having tightened their grip on what would be a maiden golf World Cup triumph for Denmark.

The rock-solid Kjeldsen and free-swinging Olesen combined for a two-under-par 70 in the alternate-shot third round on Saturday at Kingston Heath.

It lifted them to 14-under 202, four shots ahead of the crack US pairing of world No.12 Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, the 2016 US PGA champion.

Kjeldsen said playing alongside two of the best-credentialled golfers in the field on Sunday should not make any difference to him and Olesen.

"They're not not going to play my Srixon (ball) or Thorbjorn's Titleist," said Kjeldsen.

"If it affects us, it's our own fault - that's for sure.

"We need to keep doing what we have been doing."

Fowler and Walker carded a 69 on Saturday to move to outright second at 10 under.

But the Americans had to endure an anxious half-hour wait before officials determined Walker had not illegally improved his stance on the 16th hole, a breach which could have incurred a two-shot penalty.

China's Wu Ashun and Li Haotong were in outright third at nine under, with highly rated Japanese duo Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikara, Frenchmen Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque and Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm tied for fourth at seven under.

Kjeldsen and Olesen blew the event wide open on Friday with a spectacular 12-under 60 in the better-ball round.

Saturday was more about consolidation, although the Danes did enough to increase their overnight lead from three shots to four.

"It's about attack for sure and it has been even in the foursomes," said Kjeldsen.

"We try to take shots on, we try to keep pushing and certainly in the fourball even more so.

"You've still got to hit quality shots but it's probably more of a mental thing rather than a strategic thing."

The Danes' shakiest moment came at the par-4 11th hole, where they were forced to take a penalty drop for an unplayable lie after Olesen carved his drive to the right and into the trees.

Even then, they were able to limit the damage, with the ice-cool Kjeldsen - a four-time winner on the European Tour - one-putting for bogey.

Australians Adam Scott and Marc Leishman were solid when they needed to be spectacular, combining for a two-under 70 to move to four under and a tie for 11th.

Scott and Leishman made a sluggish start on Saturday, bogeying the par-4 4th hole.

But it was to be the only shot they dropped for the day, with birdies coming at the sixth, 10th and 14th holes.

Australia are the defending World Cup champions, with Scott and Jason Day having lifted the trophy three years ago at Royal Melbourne.

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