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Belgian golfing pair victorious at World Cup in Melbourne

The Belgians Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry shot a  4-under 68 to claim a three-stroke win at the ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup in Australia on Sunday. The Belgians’ victory came despite a determined late run by Australia and Mexico.

Pieters and Detry took a five-stroke lead into the final round of foursomes. However, their lead was reduced by one when Detry missed a three-footer on the par-3 second.

Nevertheless, the Belgian duo had an eagle and two birdies on the rest of the front nine, making the turn with their five-stroke advantage intact.  Australia's Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith pulled to within two strokes, thanks to holing out from the bunker for a birdie by Smith and a 12-foot par save on the next hole by Leishman.

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If there was any doubt, Pieters' approach to four feet on the 18th set up a final birdie by Detry to give the Belgians a 23-under total of 265.

Speaking after he and his team mates victory Thomas Pieters told journalists that  "We were both nervous at times, but to finish with a birdie was special”.

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