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Sunday 65 for Gold Coast-bound Aussies

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016 Evin Priest

Adam Scott and Marc Leishman have found a silver lining to a lacklustre golf World Cup campaign with a confidence-boosting Sunday 65 heading into the Australian PGA Championship.

Scott and Leishman polished a disappointing week at Kingston Heath with a final round of seven-under 65 during Sunday's best-ball format, courtesy of a bogey-free haul of seven birdies.

The pre-tournament favourites cursed a slow start to the revitalised two-man teams event, eventually finishing nine shots adrift of winners Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen from Denmark.

"It was nice to finish off with a good round but I think we're both a little disappointed in our efforts this week," said world No.7 Scott.

"Both of us will be looking to clean that up before we play next week."

Scott, 36, and Leishman, 33, were on the back foot following a two-over 74 in Thursday's alternate-shot format, and scores of 68 and 70 weren't enough to put Australia in line for a sixth World Cup title.

"We needed a faster start; we didn't play poorly but we didn't play good enough to be at the top of the leaderboard and didn't have the momentum to catch up over the weekend," said Scott, who had combined with Jason Day to win the 2013 World Cup trophy.

"My game's just average at the moment. It's fairly solid but nothing much happening.

"The beauty of this golf course, even though it's short by yardage, is you've got to be so precise, especially when the wind's blowing."

The duo head to Queensland's Royal Pines for the Australian PGA Championship - the final 2016 event for both golfers.

The European Tour con-sanctioned event on the Gold Coast is the last in a three-tournament homecoming for Scott, who joked he would need an extended holiday.

"I think I'm taking 10 weeks off or something," he said.

Scott will draw inspiration from his victory at the event in 2013, while Leishman is searching for his first tier-one title on home soil.

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