World Cup of Golf: Belgium's Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry win by three shots

Belgium's Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry
The pair secured Belgium's first title in the team event
World Cup of Golf leaderboard
-23 Belgium; -20 Australia, Mexico, -17 Denmark, Canada; -16 South Korea, Italy; -15 England
Selected others: -12 Ireland; -10 Scotland, -9 USA, Wales
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Belgium won the World Cup of Golf for the first time with Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry holding off Mexico and hosts Australia in Melbourne.

The pair went into the final day with a five-shot lead and carded a four-under 68 in Sunday's alternate shot foursomes to win by three strokes on 23 under.

"It's been a long time since I won and this feels as good as an individual title. I'm very happy," said Pieters.

Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter's 70 left the Englishmen eighth on 15 under.

Ireland's Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne finished joint 10th on 12 under, while Scottish pair Russell Knox and Martin Laird ended joint 14th on 10 under.

Australia, backed by a vociferous home crowd, started six shots adrift of the Belgians but had four birdies on the front nine and three more from the 12th on the back nine, including Cameron Smith holing a bunker shot on the 14th, lifted them to 20 under par.

Belgium bogeyed the 15th to see their lead cut to two but Australia's charge stalled when Marc Leishman missed a four-foot birdie putt on the 16th and they finished with two more pars to sign for a 65.

Mexico's Abraham Ancer, who won last week's Australian Open, was playing with Roberto Diaz and although the pair did not threaten the lead, three late birdies saw them close with a six-under 66 to join Australia in second.

Defending champions Denmark were tied for fourth at 17 under par alongside Canada.

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