Featured Groups for World Cup of Golf
November 22, 2016
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- November 22, 2016
- Graeme McDowell, who won the 2010 U.S. Open, is playing in his fifth World Cup and has made four Ryder Cup appearances, while Shane Lowry is playing in his second World Cup. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
The ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf returns to the forefront of the game for its 58th renewal this week at famed Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.
This will be the fifth ISPS HANDA World Cup contested in Australia. The other four events were held at Royal Melbourne.
The field of 56 players is divided into two-man teams who will compete in 72 holes of stroke play to crown an individual champion. In addition, the combined stroke play total will determine the team champions.
Adam Scott and Jason Day teamed to win the ISPS HANDA World Cup in 2013, which is the last time it was contested. Day, who won the individual title, is unable to compete this year before the home crowd due to a nagging back injury.
The purse for the ISPS HANDA World Cup is $8 million. Each member of the winning team this year receives $1.28 million.
Here are some of the most interesting pairings in the first round. Use the comments section below to let us know who you’ll be watching.
Adam Scott and Marc Leishman (Australia) and Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker (U.S.): Scott, the 2013 Masters champ who is ranked seventh in the world, is playing in his fourth World Cup. He is a veteran of seven Presidents Cups. Leishman has seven wins worldwide, including the 2012 Travelers Championship, and has played in two Presidents Cups. This is his World Cup debut. Walker picked up his first major championship title earlier this year at the PGA Championship. The six-time TOUR champ has played on two Ryder Cups and one Presidents Cup. Fowler, who counts the 2015 PLAYERS among his three TOUR wins, has played in three Ryder Cups and one Presidents Cup but like Walker is making his World Cup debut.
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Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) and Danny Lee and Ryan Fox (New Zealand): Matsuyama, who currently leads the FedExCup, is the hottest player in the field. He has three wins – including the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions -- and a runner-up finish in his last four starts. Ishikawa, a two-time Presidents Cup participant, is playing in his second World Cup. Lee has one win on the PGA TOUR and another on the European Tour. He is playing in his second ISPS HANDA World Cup while Fox, the son of New Zealand rugby union player Grant Fox, is making his debut.
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Russell Knox and Duncan Stewart (Scotland) and Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell (Ireland): Knox won twice last year and has risen to No. 18 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He is making his ISPS HANDA World Cup debut, as is Stewart, his good friend and former teammate at Jacksonville (Fla.) University. The Irishmen have a combined total of five PGA TOUR victories and 12 on the European Tour. McDowell, who won the 2010 U.S. Open, is playing in his fifth World Cup and has made four Ryder Cup appearances. Lowry is playing in his second World Cup.
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