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Train, lear jet both deliver

Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen
Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen share one of many light moments on Kingston Heath today. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

It’s golf’s equivalent to Felix and Oscar, the odd couple.

Thorbjorn Olesen the brash, physically brutal 26-year-old with flat cap.

And then there’s Soren Kjeldsen, the quietly spoken and slight 41-year-old with old-fashioned visor.

You’d probably not pick them as teammates, but here they are, Danish teammates leading the World Cup of Golf by three strokes after a phenomenal second round at Kingston Heath.

Both declined to put a handle on Olesen in a light-hearted press conference after their cavalier 12-under-par 60 that featured two eagles and eight birdies, including five in a row to start their back nine.

But Kjeldsen played the perfect foil for his young compatriot, whose raw force was witnessed on the last hole when he blasted a 369m drive.

“I suppose temperament wise we’re not very different,” Kjeldsen said.

“But game-wise, we’re very different.

“Thorbjorn is very flashy, he hits it very far from the tee and overall just got an amazing game.

“I’m sort of, you know … I’m like a train, I arrive on time, but without too much of the flashy stuff.”

Which probably makes Olesen something akin to a lear jet.

Regardless, it just works.

Each holed out for eagle on the front nine today – Kjeldsen from 139m with a 6-iron into a stiff wind on the third and Olesen from 25m on the eighth.

Neither had scored a 60 previously, but Olesen admitted it flashed through his mind during their back-nine barrage.

“I definitely thought about it with three or four holes to go. I was still trying to play the same golf and keep on being aggressive, but unfortunately we came up one short.”

A 60. In strong winds. At Kingston Heath. In the World Cup.

An odd coupling they might be, but they look nothing other than ominous to the rest of this quality field right now.

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