World Cup of Golf: Thomas Bjorn leads Kevin Streelman by one shot

World Cup of Golf second-round leaderboard

  • -8: T Bjorn (Den)
  • -7: K Streelman (US)
  • -4: J Day (Aus), R Santos (Por)
  • -3 : S Manley (Wal), H Tanihara (Jpn), M Laird (Sco), M Kuchar (US)
  • Selected others +1: G McDowell (Ire), A Scott (Aus)
  • +3: S Gallacher (Sco), Chris Wood (Eng)
  • Team standings: 1. United States (Streelman/Kuchar) 135/139 274 2. Denmark (Bjorn/Olesen) 134/143 277 3. Australia (Day/Scott) 138/143 281 3. Japan (Tanihara/Ishikawa) 139/142 281

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot 68 to take a one-stroke lead over American Kevin Streelman in the second round at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

Bjorn edged ahead of Streelman (69) to go seven-under, although the United States lead the team standings overall.

Australian Jason Day and Portugal's Ricardo Santos share third place on four under after they carded 70 and 69.

Welshman Stuart Manley is a further shot behind, alongside Scotland's Martin Laird.

Bjorn, who shared the lead with Streelman after the first round, opened and closed his second round with a bogey.

World Cup of Golf

The tournament has existed in some format since 1953 but became a biennial event in 2011 to fit around the inclusion of golf as an Olympic sport from 2016. The entry format, using world rankings and the number of players eligible from each country based on those rankings, will be used at the Rio Games.

But the 42-year-old Dane was satisfied with everything in between, and particularly how he played the back nine.

"There were a couple of things that happened on the golf course that really tested me," Bjorn said. "I three-putted the first, so got caught a bit there.

"After that I patiently worked my way into the round and played very solidly. Maybe not quite as good as the first round on the front nine, but on the back nine I played awesome.

"Obviously it was disappointing to bogey the last, but if you'd asked me when the ball was in the air, I would've said you couldn't have hit a better golf shot.

"You have to take that on this course. Some bounces go your way, some go against you."

Japan's Hideto Tanihara, Mexico's Oscar Fraustro and Italian Francesco Molinari were the biggest climbers on the leaderboard at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, each shooting 67.