Golf: Jason Day clinches individual honours, and victory for Australia, in World Cup

Australia's Jason Day fended off Danish challenger Thomas Bjorn and rode an emotional wave of crowd support to win the World Cup of Golf by two strokes at Royal Melbourne, on Sunday, Nov 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Australia's Jason Day fended off Danish challenger Thomas Bjorn and rode an emotional wave of crowd support to win the World Cup of Golf by two strokes at Royal Melbourne, on Sunday, Nov 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Australia's Jason Day fended off Danish challenger Thomas Bjorn and rode an emotional wave of crowd support to win the World Cup of Golf by two strokes at Royal Melbourne today.

World No. 18 Day, mourning the loss of eight relatives killed in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, broke clear of the tenacious Bjorn on the par-four 16th with a nerveless clutch putt for par before holding firm in the final holes.

After tapping in the winning putt on the 18th, the 26-year-old raised his arms aloft in triumph and embraced his grieving mother by the green as a huge gallery of home fans roared their approval.

Day and compatriot Adam Scott also combined to drive their home nation to a runaway 10-stroke win over the United States in the team component.