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Denmark wins World Cup of Golf for first time; U.S. ties for second

November 27, 2016

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For Europe, the best part of the recent Ryder Cup was finding a power pairing in Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters. And now two months later, the continent may have discovered another terrific team for the future.

The Danish duo of Thorbjorn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen cruised to victory at the World Cup of Golf on Sunday. Team Denmark shot a final-round 66 at Kingston Heath to win by four shots. Here's a look at what happened on the closing hole, a perfect example of the Danish dominance that was displayed beginning with a Friday 60 that gave Denmark the lead for good.

Americans Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker also shot a Sunday 66 to finish tied for second. They were joined by Team France (Victory Dubuisson and Romain Langasque) and Team China (Wu Anshun and Li Haotong).

It was Denmark's first win in the 58th playing of the tournament. Afterward, Kjeldsen expressed to reporters in Melbourne just how into the event he was.

"Today on the back nine, I felt like I would die for my partner," Kjeldsen said. "I've never experienced that before."

Kjeldsen, like his partner, has never experienced playing in a Ryder Cup, either. The 2018 event is a long way away, but this performance certainly didn't hurt their chances of making the trip to France.