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Day, Australia win World Cup of Golf

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It was a great day to be an Aussie at Royal Melbourne GC on Sunday in the World Cup as Jason Day won the individual competition and he and Adam Scott won the team title for Australia.

Day won the individual competition, shooting a 1-under 70 for a two-shot margin over Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. Scott finished third after closing with a 66.

Individual leaderboard: Jason Day (70-274), Thomas Bjorn (71-276), Adam Scott (66-277), Matt Kuchar (71-278), Ryo Ishikawa (69-281), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (70-281), Hideto Tanihara (72-282)

Team leaderboard: Australia 551, United States 561, Denmark 563, Japan 563, Canada 570, South Africa 572

What it means: Day, still grieving the loss of eight relatives in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, recorded his first win since the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship (he did win the unofficial 2012 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge with Davis Love III and Nick Watney). Starting the final round with a one-shot lead over Bjorn, Day jump-started his round by holing his approach shot for eagle on the par-4 sixth hole. He had only one birdie the rest of the way, but Bjorn could never take advantage.

Round of the day: Scott's 66 - featuring a hole-out for an eagle-2 on the first hole - tied Jonas Blixt for low round of the day. Scott could have had the honor to himself, but he made a three-putt bogey at the last.

Shot of the day: The two Australian hole-outs for eagle, Scott's on No. 1 and Day's on No. 6.

Best of the rest: Blixt's 66 came out of nowehere, as he had preceded it with scores of 76, 72 and 74. He went bogey-free in the finale, making five birdies.

Biggest disappointment: Italy's Francesco Molinari started with a 75, but shot 67-66 going into the final round. Unfortunately the Day 1 Molinari returned, and he closed with another 75.

Quote of the day: "The biggest thing right now is to know that I just didn't give up. It would have been the easiest thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what has been going on over the last week - just to be up there with my mum and support her. But I really wanted to come down here and play with Adam (Scott) and really try to win the World Cup and we achieved that which was great." - Jason Day

 

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