The PGA Tour is finished for 2016, but there’s still one worldwide golf event left before the calendar year is out. The World Cup of Golf kicks off Thursday, featuring some of the best players from every corner of the globe.
What: The World Cup of Golf
Where: Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia
The World Cup of Golf boasts a 56-player field representing 28 countries.
In 1953, the format was the aggregate score of a two-man team over 36 holes of stroke play. From 1954-99, it changed slightly to the aggregate score of a two-man team over 72 holes of stroke play.
From 2000-11, the format changed again to two-man teams alternating stroke play rounds of four-ball and foursomes.
The 2013 format reverted slightly to the aggregate score of a two-man team over 72 holes of stroke play, plus individuals competing for the $7 million prize, and the top three teams splitting the remaining $1 million.
This year, the format returns to 72 holes of two-man team stroke play. On Thursday and Saturday, teams will compete in foursomes. On Friday and Sunday, teams will compete in four-balls. The winning team will split the $2.56 million prize of the total $8 million purse.
Jason Day won the individual prize for finishing with the lowest aggregate score to par, 10 under.
Adam Scott’s seven-under-par performance pushed the Australian team to victory at 17-under, 10 shots clear of second-place finishers Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman of the United States
Who to Watch
Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler (the only team with both players ranked in the top 20) will look to add to the Americans’ success (recent wins in the Solheim Cup, Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup).
This year, England is being represented by Local Bristol boy Chris Wood and his partner Andy Sullivan. The Ryder Cup stars were scheduled to take an extended break from the game following the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, but they have changed their plans to compete at the superb Kingston Heath course in Melbourne.. That is commitment.
Upon their arrival in Australia, Wood and Sullivan insisted they were happy to interrupt their breaks as they bid to become only the third English pair to win the event after David Carter and Nick Faldo in 1998, and Paul Casey with Luke Donald 12 years ago.
Good Luck Chris Wood and Andy Sullivan.. Go England.