Unknown Australian pair ready to shock the World

Brendan Jones is hoping victory in the World Cup with his team-mate Richard Green here today might bring the pair some attention back home in Australia. The unheralded partnership shot a nine-under-par 63 yesterday to draw level with Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal, four shots clear of the rest of the 28-team field.

With the Australian Masters also taking place in Melbourne this weekend, Jones and Green's impressive performance has passed almost unnoticed in their home country. "I saw an article that had 'Green and James' coming second in the World Cup, so they don't even know who I am," Jones laughed.

"We have got something to prove to the press back home, that we might not be the most famous of the Australian players but we are backing our ability. We are in a good position, and who knows, we might get a line on the fifth-back page in the papers."

Jones has played mostly in Japan in recent years and the left-hander Green on the European Tour, so their relative anonymity is not entirely surprising. If they manage to win the $5.5 million (£3.6m) tournament today, however, they would join the likes of Peter Thomson and Wayne Grady in claiming the trophy for Australia.

"We both go out there and play our own games and do as good as we can for Australia, and that's what it's all about," said Green. "We both feel very proud to represent Australia."

They will again be playing with the higher-profile Spaniards in the last grouping in the final-round foursomes, and will be hoping Jimenez and Larrazabal are unable to get anywhere near the superb 63 they cardedin Friday's alternate-shot play.

"In regards to Spain replicating that round of golf, I personally doubt it," said Green, twice a winner on the European Tour. "It's going to be a bit tougher, a lot more pressure to win the tournament, and a good score is going to be anything in the 60s."

Ross Fisher hailed his World Cup debut as "fantastic" despite seeing England's challenge dissipate after disappointing performances over the first two rounds. Fisher and his team-mate Ian Poulter arrived in Shenzhen in buoyant mood last week, confident they could mastermind a first World Cup win for England since 2004, when Paul Casey and Luke Donald took home the trophy.

That started to look a tall task when they stuttered to a two-over 74 in the foursomes that left England way off the pace. However, Fisher and Poulter were in fine form yesterday as they shot a nine-under-par 63, combining for 10 birdies, with Fisher weighing in with seven. England are 12 shots behind Spain and Australia but Fisher,28, insisted he was pleased with his maiden World Cup appearance, stressing he is keen to end it on a high with another good performance in the final round. "It's been absolutely fantastic," he said. "It's been an absolute pleasure playing with Poulter and I thank him a lot for choosing me. It's just been great fun.

"We have obviously come out here with high expectations, and obviouslywe came out to win. Maybe we came out with too strong a goal. Maybe we just should have come out to enjoy the week, because it kind of felt like we suffered the first two days."

Suggested Topics
Voices
Homeless Veterans charity auction: Cook with Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick at Merchants Tavern
charity appeal
Sport
Amir Khan is engaged in a broader battle than attempting to win a fight with Floyd Mayweather
boxing Exclusive: Amir Khan reveals plans to travel to Pakistan
Arts and Entertainment
Strictly finalists Simon Webbe, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge
tvLive: Simon Webbe, Caroline Flack, Mark Wright and Frankie Bridge face-off in the final
Sport
Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012
footballRonnie Moore says 'he's served his time and the boy wants to play football'
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture