Tuesday , August 16 2022

Golf: Belgium, South Korea leads at the wet and wild World Cup



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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry launched a wet weather clinic at the World Cup in golf on Friday to give Belgium a part of the lead with South Korea, as the upper nations flooded through terrible conditions in the second round.

In the midst of rainy winds and drizzles at the Metropolitan Golf Club, the rude Belgians were the most seamless in foursomes and shoot one under 71 to move to a total of 134.

The same leaders in Korea were almost as impressive, with Kim Si-woo and An Byeong who combines for 72 to keep pace with Belgium and cut out two-league teams over England (74), Italy (71), India (72) and Malaysia (73).

"It was really frightening tough," Pieters told reporters.

"It was just like wet rain", his teammate Detry shot. "So the wind went up, the wind did not fall, so it was just a tough day around.

"I'm excited about my shower tonight."

Only four of the two-man teams in the 28-nation field did pairing on a day when bunkers resembled wading pools and tempers flooded in the maelstrom.

A tournament spoke as a collection of the best golfing nations that borders farce sometimes, because players trudged through ponds and founded through the thickets of spraying wandering shoots in trees.

The same leader of the night Australia stumbled to six over the 12th hole, Duo Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith spent a lot of their day trying to tie up each other's mistakes.

The couple rallied with three consecutive birdies from the 14th to remain in battle, four strokes from the beat.

ANGRY HATTON

Destroyed by Europe at the Ryder Cup, US teams continued in team events when Matt Kuchar and Kyle Stanley crashed to seven over 79 to drop 11 battles behind the leaders, their title hoping everything but shot.

Firebrand Tyrrell Hatton crushed a teaser marker to smithers with his driver after shaking into the trees at perfume 10 as England wobbled with a run of three consecutive bogeys from the ninth.

"Yes, of course, it was not a good moment," said Hatton. "It was kind of reaction without thinking."

Team mate Ian Poulter played excellent for limiting injury, but holds England's hope for a third world cup title alive with its punches and a lot of good recovery.

The 42-year-old Ryder Cup veteran was foul that he and Hatton were forced to play out of a waterlogged fairway bunker on the 13th, with free drops that did little to improve the ball's lie.

"Look, it was questionable (if they were playable)" said Poulter. "But you know, that's just one of the gray areas."

Further down on the leaderboard, Greece's Peter Karmis and Alexander Tranacher, who qualified for Austria to withdraw from the tournament, had a nightmare.

They returned to the clubhouse after a 15-over-87 round, with three triple-bogeys on nine back.

The third round of the tournament returns to the fyraboll format on Saturday.

(Editing John & Brien)

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