Nomura Cup - Team Results
Nomura Cup - Individual Results
Australia has won the 25th Nomura Cup in Fiji.
Going into the final round at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club with a 13 stroke lead, the Australian Team of Cameron Smith, Jake Higginbottom, Marika Batibasaga and Daniel Bringolf returned a combined score of 15 under par for the last round to beat New Zealand by 21 strokes. The Australians completed the event with a 24 under par total of 840.
India retained its third position with a final score of 865, followed by defending champions Korea on 870. Japan rounded out the top five.
Australia finished first, second and third in the individual event, with Cameron Smith leading from start to finish. Smith returned a final round four under par 68, for a nine under par total of 279. Jake Higginbottom finished second after a final round 66, for a seven under total, with Bringolf tied third at three under. Marika Batibasaga was disqualified from the individual event due to signing for an incorrect score for round three.
Smith and Higginbottom are now automatically selected in the Asia-Pacific Team to contest the Bonallack Trophy against Europe in Portugal next year.
The 2011 Nomura Cup is Australia’s ninth win in the event since it first entered the competition in 1983, and now lays claim to having won the most number of Nomura Cups of any competing country.
Australia retains its lead after three rounds for the Nomura Cup in Fiji.
In windy and difficult conditions at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, the Australian Team of Cameron Smith, Jake Higginbottom, Marika Batibasaga and Daniel Bringolf returned a combined score of four over par to lead New Zealand by 13 strokes. India moved to third on 654, followed by Korea on 663, with Chinese Taipei rounding out the top five. Bringolf’s score of one under par 71 was the equal best score of the day.
Unfortunately, although Batibasaga’s score for round three did not count in the team score, he was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score.
Australia Team Manager Matt Cutler said, “Daniel’s score in treacherous conditions was pivotal in us maintaining our position. Cameron Smith, on his eighteenth birthday, continued his good form with another consistent one over par 73.”
Cameron Smith continues to lead the individual event, returning a one over par 73 today, for a five under total of 211. Ryan Fox from New Zealand has moved to second place after a superb 71 today to be 2 under for the 54-holes. Higginbottom is in third position at one under.
Australia goes into the final round at Denarau Golf Club hoping to win its ninth Nomura Cup since it first entered the competition in 1979.
Australia has extended its lead after the second round of the Nomura Cup in Fiji.
The Australian team of Jake Higginbottom, Daniel Bringolf, Marika Batibasaga and Cameron Smith returned an aggregate score of 4 under par, for a 36-hole total of 13 under par 419. Defending champions Korea stormed up the leaderboard recording a 3 under total for the second round to sit in second place on 431. India sits in third place on 434, with New Zealand fourth 435.
The Vijay Singh designed Natadola Bay layout tested the players with its extreme rough off the fairways, however with conditions kind to the players, scoring under par was possible. The Australians played consistently in an attempt to reassert its dominance in the Asia-Pacific region after finishing in sixth position when the event was last played in 2009.
Australia Team Manager, Matt Cutler said, “We are very pleased with today’s scores. The team all showed great patience around this demanding course.”
Cameron Smith remains the individual leader with another sub-par round of 71, for a 6 under total of 138. Fellow countryman Jake Higginbottom is second, one shot behind. Overnight leader Li Haotong of China returned an 80 to slip down the leaderboard.
Round three will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, with the final round to be played at Denarau Golf and Racquet Club.
Australia holds the lead by one stroke after round one of the Nomura Cup in Fiji.
The Australian team of Jake Higginbottom, Daniel Bringolf, Marika Batibasaga and Cameron Smith returned an aggregate score of 9 under par 207 to lead India by one stroke, followed by New Zealand in third place on 211. Defending champions Korea currently sit in 10th place.
After a delay of two and a half hours due to heavy rain, the Australian team started slowly, before storming home on the Denarau course, a layout which provided low scoring opportunities for the field.
Australia is hoping to reassert its dominance in the Asia Pacific region, after finishing a disappointing sixth when the Nomura Cup was last played in Korea in 2009.
Australia Team Manager, Matt Cutler said, “The team has bonded really well and has a great dynamic. Batibasaga is very familiar with Fiji so has been teaching he boys the ‘Fijian way’.”
Cameron Smith shares the individual honours with China’s Li Haotong, after both returning a five under par 67, with Ahmed Al Musharrekh from the UAE in third after a 68.
Round two will be played on the Vijay Singh designed Natadola Championship Golf Course where scoring is sure to be more difficult.