Team England sit two shots off joint-leaders South Korea and Belgium after a wet and windy second round at the World Cup of Golf. Only four of the 28 teams involved at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne were able to card under-par scores in Friday’s foursomes as the competitors found the going tough due to the weather.
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England’s Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton had started the day in a share of the lead but slipped into a tie for third courtesy of a two-over 74, leaving them alongside Italy, India and Malaysia on eight-under.
Overnight leaders South Korea maintained their spot at the top of the leaderboard with a level-par 72 and are joined at the head of the field on 10-under by Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry of Belgium after a one-under 71. “I think we played very solid,” Pieters said.
“Both of us were pretty on. The short game was pretty good today. It’s nice to know when I hit it to five feet he’s always going to make it.”
The biggest casualties of the poor weather were the home duo of Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith, who started the day in a share of the lead but have slipped four shots off the pace after a four-over 76.
The Scottish pair of Russell Knox and Martin Laird joined the Australians on six-under after they fired a 71, while Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne share 12th place on four-under after a round of 76.