MELBOURNE: Filipino-Australian Jason Day completed an emotional return to Australia to help deliver his country both individual and team victory in the World Cup at Royal Melbourne on Sunday.
Day captured his first-ever professional event on home soil, shooting a final-round 70 to defeat Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn (71) by two strokes for a 10-under par 274.
Adam Scott stormed home with the best round of the day, a 66, to finish third and ensure Australia beat the United States to win the team title for the first time in 24 years.
Day came into the event with the tragic news of the death in the Philippines of his grandmother, six young cousins and an uncle at the hands of Typhoon Haiyan.
His Filipino-born mother, Dening, was in Melbourne to watch her son outlast Bjorn, who bogeyed the last as Day sunk a par to earn the $1.2 million winners’ cheque.
American Matt Kuchar (278) finished fourth in the individual event with Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa (281) coming fifth.
With Scott also firing, the home duo’s combined 17-under total was 10 shots clear of the second-placed United States, the defending champions. Denmark and Japan tied for third.
In Sydney, double major-winning Rory McIlroy admits he faces a tough task to deny “special talent” Adam Scott the “Australian Grand Slam” at the Australian Open this week.
Scott is in red-hot form having already captured the Australian PGA and Australian Masters this month and victory at Royal Sydney would give him the coveted “Australian Grand Slam”.
In preparation, McIlroy has spent the past week in Dubai working on his game after finishing fifth in his defence of the European Race to Dubai title.
According to his Twitter page, the 24-year-old spent the near 13-hour flight Down Under alongside comedian Will Ferrell, one of the stars of the movie “Anchorman: 2 that is having its premiere in the city.
“Adam is playing great golf this year and with two victories this month alone he will be a force to reckon with in Sydney,” McIlroy told Agence France-Presse.
“Having won the US Masters in April and Barclays Championship in August, it is fair to say that Adam is a tough opponent no matter where he plays so I’ll expect him to be contending at Royal Sydney”.