Golf World Cup from Nov 21 in Melbourne
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 to 27 in Melbourne, it was announced on Thursday.
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 $8 million purse with the first-place team splitting $2.56 million, according to an Asian Tour release.
The event boasts an impressive and prestigious list of winners that includes the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, 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.
“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.” Acting Minister for Tourism and Major Events for the State of Victoria, Philip Dalidakis 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.”
International Golf Association chairman Jon Linen said: “The World Cup of Golf was started back in 1953 for the Goodwill of the sport. It has become an iconic international event, carrying the torch for golf on a global scale.