What happened at the World Cup of Golf?

Belgium held off a late challenge from hosts Australia to win the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

The pairing of Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry had a five shot lead going into the final foursomes at The Metropolitan Golf Club.

But the home duo of Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith cut that to two as they gave the Aussie crowd hope of a second win in five years.

Belgium, though, signed for a 68 and finished the week at 23 under – three shots ahead of Australia and the Mexican pair of Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz.

Keeping their cool down the stretch, Detry produced one of the shots of the week as he crashed a drive into the middle of the final fairway to leave Pieters with just a short wedge in.

Pieters returned the favour, leaving his approach three feet away and a tap-in winning birdie putt for Detry.

Pieters said: “With us bringing this thing back home, I think it will change a bit how kids look at golf and they’ll have something to look up to.

“We had Nico Colsaerts to look up to. We never really got in touch with him when we were younger and I think we would have loved it. For me it would have been amazing to see him play.

“In a couple of weeks we’re doing a day with all the juniors back home and for me it’s fun to do that because I know how much I would have loved it, so that’s why we do it.”

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Detry added: “We weren’t far away in the football World Cup, so it’s pretty good to bring it back!

“Like Thomas said, it’s not really something you put on the list, but when it happens, you qualify for it, you play for it, you play with your best mate and it’s kind of a dream come true.

“There’s nothing like representing your country on the other side of the world, it’s just amazing.”

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Talking point

As talented as Tyrrell Hatton is, it’s his temperament that continues to attract as much attention as his skill.

The Englishman took his frustration at a poor drive out on a tee box at the par 4 10th during Friday’s second round – smashing the object into half a dozen pieces.

It is the latest in a litany of on course outbursts that have come to define the 27-year-old rather than the impressive play that has helped him become one of the best players in the world.

While that fire is undoubtedly part of his success, Hatton is increasingly in danger of becoming a caricature with some of his antics.

And if you think it doesn’t matter? Do that at your course next time you are out and see what happens to you.

Round four highlights

Belgium’s post-win press conference