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Denmark take World Cup lead as Lowry and McDowell fall back

Ireland are nine shots off the pace heading into tomorrow’s third round at the World Cup of Golf.

Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen.
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen.
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DENMARK DUO SOREN Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen carded a stunning 12-under 60 in Friday’s four-ball to take a three-shot lead at the World Cup of Golf.

After opening with an even-par 72, the Danish pair had two eagles and eight birdies at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne. The eagles came at holes three and eight, either side of a pair of birdies, before a red-hot back nine.

The duo holed five birdies in a row from the 10th and another to finish, giving one-time runners-up Denmark a chance at a first title.

China’s Wu Ashun and Li Haotong are second at nine under after producing a 65. A shot further back are Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello and Jon Rahm — the overnight leaders — after their 67.

A group of four teams sit a shot behind them, including American pair Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker — who produced a 67. England [Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan] were flawless with a 66, while Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero had just one bogey to be alongside them.

French duo Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque are also in the group after a 67. Australia are defending the title but sit a long way back at two under, despite Adam Scott and Marc Leishman managing a four-under 68.

Despite picking up three shots in their second round, the Ireland team of Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell are back in 16th place on three under — nine strokes off the lead.

The Irish started the day with a couple of birdies and added another pair on the back nine, dropping one bogey over the course of their second round.

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