CHIANG RAI – The Australian team produced the best team score of the championship on Sunday to cruise to a nine stroke victory and successfully defend their title at the Nomura Cup at Santiburi Country Club in Thailand.
The Australians posted a final round 201 for a total of 828 to beat Korea in second place. Hosts Thailand finished in third place with China in fourth place.
Sharing the lead overnight, the Australians hit the right gear in the final round with all players finishing under par for the day. New South Welshman Cameron Davis fired his best round of the championship with a 6-under par 66 while Victorian Geoff Drakeford finished with a 5-under par 67. Queenslander Taylor MacDonald shot a 4-under par 68 while Queenslander Aaron Wilkin shot a 3-under par 69.
Both MacDonald and Drakeford shared the individual honours.
It was Australia’s tenth victory at the championship since it was first held in 1963.
The Men’s Asia-Pacific Teams Championship, or more commonly known as the Nomura Cup, is a biennial competition rotated among the Asia-Pacific region.
Conducted by the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, each team consists of four male players, contesting 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship