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  • Tournament

ABOUT

The 2018 ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf will be played November 21-25, 2018 at The Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The 2018 ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf is sanctioned and organised by the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Southern Africa Tour.

First played in 1953, the World Cup is one of the oldest and most prestigious global golf team events in the world inviting two-man teams from 28 nations to play “For the Honour” of representing their country. The 2018 World Cup will be the 59th staging of this event, which has been played in 25 counties and seen many greats of the game lift the prestigious trophy. The list of champions from the World Cup reads like a who’s who of golf. Great names such as Snead, Hogan, Nicklaus, Palmer, Trevino, Faldo, Ballesteros, Langer, Woods, Els and Day have all been able to call themselves World Champions.

The 2018 event will mark the third-consecutive playing of the World Cup of Golf in the Sandbelt region. Danes Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen captured the 2016 edition at Kingston Heath Golf Club, while Australian’s Adam Scott and Jason Day were victorious at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in 2013.

FORMAT

The tournament is a 72-hole stroke play team event with each team comprised of two players. The first and third days are fourball (best ball) play and the second and final days are foursomes (alternate shot) play. 

ELIGIBILITY

The World Cup of Golf will feature two-players from the top 28 nations on the world golf rankings. The 59th staging of the event will see the 56-player field vie for the largest prizemoney purse in Australian golf, with $US7 million on offer.

The makeup of the 28-team (56 players) field is as follows:

•     Top 28 available countries from the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of September 3, 2018.

•     The top ranked player may pick any player from the same country within the top 500 on the OWGR, or if there are less than five players to choose from within the top 500, may extend the range of possible choices to be at least 5 players (and any ties) even if ranked outside 500.

•     The deadline for the exempt players to commit is 5 p.m. USA eastern time Thursday, September 13, 2018.

•     The deadline for the exempt player to select his partner is 5p.m. USA eastern time Thursday, September 20, 2018.