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Twins lead Denmark to world title

DUBLIN (AP) – Identical 17-year-old twins Nicolai and Ras­mus Hojgaard led Denmark to its first Eisenhower Trophy on Saturday in the World Amateur Team Championship at Carton House.

The Danes beat the United States by a stroke, finishing at 39-under 541.

Nicolai Hojgaard, the Euro­pean Amateur champion, shot a 7-under 66 and brother Ras­mus had a 67 for a team total of 13-under 133 on the O’Meara Course. Teammate John Axelsen had a non-counting 69.

“This is a dream come true for all of us,” Nicolai said. “I had a tough start to this tournament, so I was just trying to play some good rounds to help the team. I did that the last two rounds, so this is perfect. This is the biggest team event we could have won and to do it with Rasmus is per­fect. But, also with John, John is a great friend and we are all having fun. This is just wonder­ful.”

Texas freshman Cole Ham­mer led the U.S. with a 66, and Southern California senior Justin Suh shot 69.

Spain’s Alejandro Del Rey was the low individual scorer, closing with a 65 for 23-under 267 total.