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Sunday 22 April 2018

Day wins the World Cup as Ireland share in 11th

Jason Day of Australia celebrates on the 18th green after winning the World Cup of Golf. Picture credit: Andy Brownbill/AP
Jason Day of Australia celebrates on the 18th green after winning the World Cup of Golf. Picture credit: Andy Brownbill/AP

AUSTRALIA'S Jason Day rode an emotional wave of crowd support to win the World Cup of Golf by two strokes at Royal Melbourne after an enthralling duel with Danish runner-up Thomas Bjorn.

World number 18 Day, mourning the loss of eight relatives killed in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, broke clear of the tenacious Bjorn on the par-four 16th with a nerveless clutch putt for par before holding firm in the final holes. Day's final round of 70 left him with a 10-under total of 274 in the $8 million biennial tournament where players have competed for individual honours after previously being solely a team event.

Collecting a $1.2 million winner's cheque, Day will also share $600,000 with world number two compatriot Adam Scott after the pair combined to drive their home nation to a runaway 10-stroke win over the US in the team component.

Ireland shared 11th with Sweden on nine-over. Graeme McDowell slumped into a five-way tie for 15th (worth $100,000) on one-over after a closing 75. Shane Lowry finished seven shots behind his team-mate in 44th place ($35,500) after birdie-free final round 74.

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