Denmark wins golf's World Cup

China's Wu Ashun watches his approach shot on the seventh hole during his match at the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Denmark fought off a three-pronged challenge to win golf's World Cup at Kingston Heath on Sunday.

Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen held their nerve after watching a four-shot overnight lead threatened by China, France and Sweden.

The pair combined superbly in the fourball-best-ball format for a closing six-under 66 to finish on 20-under 268, four shots clear of China (65), France (63) and the United States (66).

Chinese duo Ashun Wu and Haotong Li crept within one stroke early on the back nine before Kjeldsen holed a birdie putt to restore the buffer. A Victor Dubuisson birdie at the par-three 15th propelled France to just one shot back. And this time Olesen answered with a birdie putt playing three holes behind the French to ward off the leaderboard danger.

Sweden's Alex Noren and David Lingmerth also crept within a shot after firing a brilliant 10-under 62 in the final round fourball to eventually finish fifth at 15-under. But Olesen's hot putter delivered birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th holes to stretch the lead again.

And the Danes were never threatened by US pair Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in the last group. The Americans didn't manage to make any ground on the runaway leaders.