Melbourne, Australia: The 58th edition of the World Cup of Golf will be played at Kingston Heath Golf Club with the format returning to team play (two-man teams) from 28 different countries squaring off from November 21-27.
One of the most historic global events in the game, the World Cup of Golf has been played 57 times in 25 countries and will carry an US$8 million purse with the first-place team splitting US$2.56 million.
The event boasts an impressive and prestigious list of winners that includes Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love, Fred Couples, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Arnold Palmer, Bernhard Langer, Sam Snead, Peter Thomson, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Jason Day, among many others.
Host to numerous top-level professional tournaments over the past 30 years, Kingston Heath is consistently ranked among the top 50 courses in the world. The course is renowned for its natural charm and strategies created by its superbly crafted greens and bunkers. The signature par-three 15th hole is one of the classic short holes in Australia.
“The World Cup of Golf has a long and storied history as one of the true international events in our sport,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. “On behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, we are thrilled that a course with the reputation and standing such as Kingston Heath will serve as the tournament’s host venue in 2016.
“The fans in the Sandbelt region of Australia are some of the best in the world and our players consider themselves extremely fortunate every time they are able to play in an event of this stature in the Melbourne area. Our thanks go out to the Victorian Government for their partnership in both the past and future events.”
Philip Dalidakis, Acting Minister for Tourism and Major Events for the State of Victoria, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the World Cup of Golf back to Melbourne’s magnificent Sandbelt. It’s another great addition to our outstanding major events calendar, which already contributes so much to Victoria’s economy. We look forward to welcoming the world’s best golfers and fans from around the globe to Melbourne in November.”
Jon Linen, Chairman of the International Golf Association, said: “The World Cup of Golf was started in 1953 for the goodwill of the sport. It has become an iconic international event, carrying the torch for golf on a global scale.”
The 2016 World Cup of Golf will mark the fifth time in the tournament’s history that it will be played in Australia and the first at any course other than Royal Melbourne.
Previous World Cup of Golf events in Australia:
Year Winning Country/Players
1959 Australia (Peter Thomson/Kel Nagle)
1972 Chinese Taipei (Hsieh Min-nan/Lu Liang-huan)
1988 United States (Ben Crenshaw/Mark McCumber)
2011 Australia (Jason Day/Adam Scott)
The 2016 tournament will return to a 72-hole, stroke play, two-man team event format. The first and third days of competition will be the foursomes (alternate shot) format and the second and final days are fourball (best ball) play.
The top 28 available players of different countries from the Official World Golf Ranking as of August 1 will choose their team-mates for the competition.
As the defending individual champion of the 2013 World Cup of Golf, Jason Day will qualify automatically as the top-ranked player for Australia. Day will be allowed to choose his partner.
All other of the top 28 players have until August 12 to commit to play in the tournament. The deadline for each exempt player to select his partner is August 26.
“It’s great that the World Cup of Golf is going to Kingston Heath,” said Day. “The course has tremendous tradition and it is one of the reasons that Melbourne’s Sandbelt is considered home to several of the world’s great golf courses.”
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