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By : BGA Proshop
The duo of Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry helped team Belgium claim their first World Cup title at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Victoria, Australia and walked away with a $3 million pay day.
Going into the final round with the overnight lead Pieters and Detry knew that they needed a solid start as they had the Australia team of Marc Leishman and Cam Smith hot on their tails and with the home crowd behind them it was going to be an interesting day.
The Australian’s went out in 32 and managed to trim the lead by 1 but got closer to the Belgium leaders with 3 straight birdies on the back nine. It was the first time the leaders could hear the raucous crowd chant “Oi,Oi,Ois” and knew the Australian’s we trying to close the gap.
In the end they only got within the 2 shots of the leaders and the six shot over night lead proved too much for the Australians to cover.
Detry said after the round “It's not really something you put on the list, but when it happens, you qualify for it, you play for it, you play with your best mate and it's kind of a dream come true. There's nothing like representing your country on the other side of the world, it's just amazing.”
Pieters admitted after the tournament that he was nervous before he teed off as he knew the Australian's were close and the home crowd was going to get them going.
“You can hear the "oi oi oi" chants going, so you know somebody made a birdie,” he said.
“We saw them at 19, 20 (under). I think we went back from 23 to 22, so two shot lead with two holes to go.
“It's not a massive lead, but like I said, we made birdie on 16 and I think coming down the last with a two shot lead, you feel a bit more comfortable.
“I told my mom and dad it's been a long time since I won and this feels as good as an individual title. I'm very, very happy.”
Leishman reflected back on the tournament and said “ I think we played pretty good golf. We fought it out on Friday. You know, to come back from I think we were, what, 6 over at one point, 7 over,”
“To fight back like that and keep ourselves in it … we did that.
“Belgium was clearly the best team all week. When you come up against someone like that, we did what we had to do today to put the pressure on and they were just too good. When you get beat by someone who's playing that well, there's not much you can do.”
The road show now moves to RACV Royal Pines Resort where they will play the Australian PGA Championship starting on Thursday.