ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf Preview 2016

ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf Preview

ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf Preview 2016

Dates: Nov. 22-27, 2016
Where: Kingston Heath Golf Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Par/Yards: 35-37—72/7,087 yards
Field: 58 players

Eligibility/Format:

  • Estimated field size – 56 players – The top 28 available players who are native-born citizens of different countries from the Official World Golf Ranking as announced on Monday, August 16, 2016
  • The top available player selected a player of their choosing from the same country, provided such player is ranked among the top 500 on the Official World Golf Rankings as of either August 1, 2016, or August 22, 2016.
  • Defending champion: Australia (2013 – Jason Day and Adam Scott)
  • Purse: US$8,000,000, $1.28 million for each team member of winning team.

A look back at the 2013 ISPS HANDA WORLD CUP OF GOLF

  • The 2013 World Cup of Golf included a new and unique format that was an individual event as well as a team competition.
  • The 60-player field was selected based on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) with up to two players per country allowed to qualify (four per country if they were inside the top 15).
  • The format returned to 72 holes of stroke play for individuals.
  • The top two-ranked players from each country competed for the team portion, using combined stroke-play scores. Australia enjoyed a clean sweep in 2013 with Jason Day winning the individual competition and teaming with Adam Scott to win Australia’s fifth World Cup of Golf team title.

The Heath

  • The 2016 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf moves to Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, where it will be held for the first time in the tournament’s 58th playing.
  • This is the fifth time that the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf will be played in Australia with the four previous events held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

World Cup of Golf events in Australia

Year Country Players Course
1959 Australia Peter Thomson/Kel Nagle Royal Melbourne
1972 Chinese Taipei Hsieh Min-Nan/Lu Liang-Huan Royal Melbourne
1988 United States Ben Crenshaw/Mark McCumber Royal Melbourne
2013 Australia Jason Day/Adam Scott Royal Melbourne
2016 TBD Kingston Heath

All three nations that have won the World Cup previously in Australia will be represented in the 2016 field:

Australia – Adam Scott, Marc Leishman
Chinese Taipei – C.T. Pan, Chan Shih-chang
United States – Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker

Team/Field Highlights

  • 273 International victories
  • 67 combined World Cup of Golf appearances
  • 16 players in the top 50 in the OWGR
  • More than half the field inside the top 100 in the OWGR
  • 18 players with either Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup experience

Australia – Adam Scott & Marc Leishman

  • Adam Scott  –
    • Champion with Jason Day in 2013 at Royal Melbourne
    • Fourth ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf appearance after 2001,02 & 13
    • Masters champion in 2013
    • Former world No.1 now ranked No. 7 in the OWGR
    • Presidents Cup – Seven times for Internationals
    • 13-time PGA TOUR winner & 10-time European Tour winner
    • Won consecutive events on the PGA TOUR at the Honda Classic and the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in earlier this year in March
  • Marc Leishman
    • Seven International Victories
    • Won 2012 Travelers Championship on PGA TOUR and the 2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge on the European Tour
    • World Cup of Golf debut at Kingston Heath
    • Presidents Cup representative in 2013 & 2015
    • Paired with Adam Scott during Scott’s win at Augusta
  • Japan – Hideki Matsuyama & Ryo Ishikawa
    • Matsuyama
      • No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking at 24-years-old
      • Has three wins and a runner-up finish in his last four starts
      • Became the first Asian player to win a World Golf Championships event at the HSBC Champions in China in October
      • Presidents Cup player 2013 & 2015
      • World Cup of Golf debut
    • Ishikawa
      • 25-year-old making his second appearance at World Cup after playing 2013
      • Presidents Cup played in 2009 & 2011
      • Won on Japan Tour at 15 years old
    • Sweden – Alex Noren & David Lingmerth
      • Noren
        • 34-year-old from Stockholm has nine international victories including four on the European Tour in 2016
        • Has moved to No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking
        • Second World Cup appearance after 2011
      • Lingmerth
        • Won 2015 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village
        • World Cup of Golf debut
    • USA – Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker
      • Fowler
      • No. 12 in the OWGR
      • Three-time winner on PGA TOUR & twice on European Tour
      • Ryder Cup rep for USA in 2010, 2014 & 2016
      • Presidents Cup 2015
      • World Cup of Golf debut
    • Walker
      • U.S. PGA championship winner in 2016 at Baltusrol
      • Six-time winner on PGA TOUR
      • Ryder Cup rep for USA in 2014 & 2016
      • Presidents Cup in 2015
      • World Cup of Golf debut
  • Belgium – Thomas Pieters & Nicolas Colsaerts –
    • Pieters
      • Three-time European Tour winner
      • Won Made in Denmark event in August 2016
      • Won 4 points for Europe’s Ryder Cup team in 2016
      • World Cup of Golf debut
    • Colsaerts
      • Twice winner on the European Tour
      • Won China Open in 2011 & Match Play Championship in 2012
      • Third World Cup of Golf appearance after 2011 & 13
  • Ireland – Shane Lowry & Graeme McDowell
    • Lowry –
      • Tied for 2nd place at 2016 US Open
      • Won 2015 Bridgestone Invitational
      • Twice winner on European Tour
      • Second appearance at World Cup – played in 2013
    • McDowell
      • Won US Open in 2010
      • Ten-time European Tour winner
      • Three-time winner on PGA Tour
      • Fifth World Cup
      • Ryder Cup – Four times for Europe
  • Italy – Francesco Molinari & Matteo Manassero
    • Molinari –
      • 2009 World Cup of Golf champion with brother Edoardo
      • Four-time winner on the European Tour
      • Seventh WCoG appearance (2006, 07, 08, 09, 11, 13)
      • Twice Ryder Cup representative
      • Won second Italian Open in September 2016
    • Manassero
      • Four-time European Tour winner
      • 23-year-old from Verona
      • Youngest winner on European Tour in 2010, aged 17
      • Won PGA Championship at Wentworth in 2013
      • Second World Cup appearance after 2013
  • New Zealand – Danny Lee & Ryan Fox\
    • Lee
      • 26-year-old from NZ
      • Won US Amateur in 2008 at 18 years old
      • Won 2015 Greenbrier Classic on PGA TOUR
      • Won Johnnie Walker Classic on European Tour
      • Second World Cup appearance after 2009
      • Presidents Cup International Team member in 2015
  • Fox
    • 29 year-old from Auckland
    • Son of New Zealand rugby union player Grant Fox
    • Two wins on European Challenge Tour
    • World Cup of Golf debut
  • Scotland – Russell Knox & Duncan Stewart
    • Knox
      • No. 18 in the Official World Golf Ranking
      • World Cup of Golf debut
      • Two wins on the PGA TOUR last season at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and the Travelers Championship
      • Top 20 player this year in OWGR
    • Stewart
      • Won in Madrid on the European Challenge Tour in 2016
      • Selected as former Jacksonville University College teammate and friend of Knox
  • Spain – Rafa Cabrera-Bello & Jon Rahm
    • Cabrera-Bello
      • Twice winner on European Tour
      • Second World Cup appearance after playing in 2013
      • Ryder Cup player for Europe in 2016
    • Rahm
      • 21-year-old earned 2017 PGA TOUR card through sponsor’s exemptions and temporary membership
      • Played College golf at Arizona State
      • Made the cut at US Open as an amateur in 2016 (T23)
      • Made the cut as a pro at Open Championship in 2016
      • World Cup of Golf debut
  • Venezuela – Jhonattan Vegas & Julio Vegas
    • Jhonattan Vegas –
      • Twice winner on PGA TOUR
      • Won Canadian Open in July 2016
      • Second World Cup appearance after 2009
      • 32-year-old, lives Houston Texas
    • Julio Vegas
      • younger brother of Jhonattan
      • World Cup of Golf debut at Kingston Heath
      • Plays in South America

Most Victories by Country

United States 24
Australia 5
South Africa 5
Spain 4
Canada 3
England 2
Germany 2
Ireland 2
Japan 2
Sweden 2
Wales 2
Argentina 1
Chinese Taipei 1
Italy 1
Scotland 1

Field sorted by country:

AUS Adam Scott
AUS Marc Leishman
AUT Bernd Wiesberger
AUT Martin Wiegele
BEL Thomas Pieters
BEL Nicolas Colsaerts
CAN David Hearn
CAN Adam Hadwin
CHN Haotong Li
CHN Wu Ashun
DEN Soren Kjeldsen
DEN Thorbjorn Olesen
ENG Chris Wood
ENG Andy Sullivan
ESP Rafa Cabrera Bello
ESP Jon Rahm
FRA Victor Dubuisson
FRA Romain Langasque
GER Alex Cejka
GER Stephan Jaeger
IND SSP Chawrasia
IND Chikkarangappa S.
IRL Shane Lowry
IRL Graeme McDowell
ITA Francesco Molinari
ITA Matteo Manassero
JPN Hideki Matsuyama
JPN Ryo Ishikawa
KOR Byeong Hun An
KOR K.T. Kim
MAL Danny Chia
MAL Nicholas Fung
NED Joost Luiten
NED Darius van Driel
NZL Danny Lee
NZL Ryan Fox
PHI Miguel Tabuena
PHI Angelo Que
POR Ricardo Gouveia
POR Jose-Filipe Lima
RSA Jaco Van Zyl
RSA George Coetzee
SCO Russell Knox
SCO Duncan Stewart
SWE Alex Noren
SWE David Lingmerth
THA Thongchai Jaidee
THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat
TPE Chan Shih-chang
TPE Cheng Tsung Pan
USA Rickie Fowler
USA Jimmy Walker
VEN Jhonattan Vegas
VEN Julio Vegas
WAL Bradley Dredge
WAL Stuart Manley

Best World Cup Finishes by Country

Argentina

  • Won 1953 Antonio Cerda/Roberto De Vicenzo

Australia

  • Won 1954 Kel Nagle/Peter Thomson
  • 1959 Kel Nagle/Peter Thomson
  • 1970 Bruce Devlin/David Graham
  • 1989 Peter Fowler/Wayne Grady
  • 2013 Jason Day/Adam Scott

Austria

  • T5 2004 Markus Brier/Martin Wiegele

Belgium

  • T4 1955 Arthur de Vulder/Flory Van Donck

Bermuda

  • 25th 1993 Dwayne Pearman/Kim Swan

Brazil

  • 4th 1979 Jaime Gonzalez/Rafael Navarro

Canada

  • Won 1968 Al Balding/George Knudson
    1980 Dan Halldorson/Jim Nelford
    1985 Dave Barr/Dan Halldorson

Central Africa*

  • 26th 1960 Wally Hill/James Parkinson

Chile

  • T12 2009 Hugo Leon/Martin Ureta

China

  • 3rd 1966 Chen Ching-Po/Lu Liang-Huan

Chinese Taipei

  • Won 1972 Hiseh Min-Nan/Lu Liang/Huan

Colombia

  • 4th 1980 Juan Pinzon/Alberto Rivandeneira

Costa Rica

  • 36th 1974 Mario Herrera/Hector Jimenez

Czech Republic

  • 29th 1996 Jiri Janda/Peter Mruzek

Denmark

  • 5th 2005 Anders Hansen/Soren Hansen

Dominican Republic

  • 31st 1971 Edwin Corrie/Carlos Puebla

Ecuador

  • 33rd 1962 Jose Arequipa/Julio Polania

Egypt

  • 14th 1960 Mohamed Said Moussa/ Cherif Said

El Salvador

  • 45th 1978 Carlos Sorroche/Bruno Vicentin

England

  • Won 1998 David Carter/Nick Faldo
  • 2004 Paul Casey/Luke Donald

Fiji

  • T8 2001 Dinesh Chand/Vijay Singh

Finland

  • 19th 1995 Anssi Kankkonen/Kalle Vainola

France

  • 3rd 2003 Raphael Jacquelin/Thomas Levet

Germany

  • Won 1990 Torsten Giedeon/Bernhard Langer
  • 2006 Bernhard Langer/Marcel Siem

Greece

  • 22nd 1989 Vassilios Karatzias/Graigen Pappas

Guatemala

27th 2011 Pablo Acuna/Jose Toledo

Hawaii

  • 5th 1967 Ted Makalena/James Ukauka
  • Hawaii competed separately as its own region from 1966 – 1969

Holland

  • T5 2004 Robet-Jan Derksen/Maarten Lafeber

Hong Kong

  • 20th 1993 Richard Kan/Yau Sui Ming

Iceland

  • T25 1990 Sigurjon Arnarsson/Ulfar Jonsson

India

  • 9th 2005 Arjun Atwal/Jyoti Randhawa

Indonesia

  • T20 1983 Sumarno/Suparman

Ireland

  • Won 1958 Harry Bradshaw/Christy O’Connor, Sr.
  • 1997 Padraig Harrington/Paul McGinley

Israel

  • 29th 1993 Rami Assyag/Jacob Avnaim

Italy

  • Won 2009 Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari

Jamaica

  • T25 1996 Delroy Cambridge/Seymour Rose

Japan

  • Won 1957 Torakichi Nakamura/Koichi Ono
  • 2002 Toshi Izawa/Shigeki Maruyama

Lebanon

  • 38th 1979 Ziki Mukdad/Robert Prince

Libya

  • 42nd 1970 Hussein Abdulmola/Muftah Salem
  • 1972 Mohamed Salah/Muftah Salem

Luxembourg

  • 32nd 1998 John Penning/John Pickford

Malaysia

  • 9th 1994 Periasamy Gunasegaran/Marimuthu Ramayah

Mexico

  • 7th 1953 Al Escalante/Juan Neri

Monaco

  • T26 1965 Jean-Batiste Ado/Jean-Charles Rey

Morocco

  • 21st 1982 Mohammed Makrounne/Fatmi Moussa

Myanmar

  • 16th 2002 Kyi Hla Han/Soe Kyaw Naing

Namibia

  • T8 1996 Trevor Dodds/Schalk van der Merwe

Nepal

  • 44th 1975 Bishnu Shai/Ghanshyam Thapa

New Zealand

  • 2nd 1967 Bob Charles/Walter Godfrey

Netherlands

  • T2th 2011 Robert-Jan Derksen/Joost Luiten

Nigeria

  • 41st 1972 Patrick Okpomu/Paul Osanebi
  • 1975 Patrick Okpomu/Jamiu Oyebajo

Norway

  • 16th 1991 Per Hausgrud/Gard Midtvage

Pakistan

  • T22 2009 Mohammed Shabbir Iqbal/Mohammed Munir

Panama

  • 30th 1962 Ricardo Jurado/Carlos Rodriguez
  • 1971 Leo Dehlinger/Grover Matheney
  • 1974 Leo Dehlinger/Roberto Duran

Paraguay

  • T5 1994 Angel Franco/Pedro R. Martinez

Peru

  • 22nd 1958 Eugenio Dunezat/Alex Tibbles

Philippines

  • 2nd 1977 Ben Arda/Rudy Lavares

Portugal

  • T20 2005 Jose Filipe Lima/Antonio Sobrinho

Puerto Rico

  • 7th 1961 Pete Cooper/Chi Chi Rodriguez
  • 1965 Juan Gonzalez/Chi Chi Rodriguez

Romania

  • 43rd 1970 Dumitru Munteanu/Paul Tomita
  • 1972 Dumitru Munteanu/Paul Tomita

Scandinavia

  • T21 1955 Carl Poulsen/Arne Werkell

Scotland

  • Won 2007 Colin Montgomerie/Marc Warren

Singapore

  • T10 1984 Lim Kian-Tong/Lim Swee-Wah

South Africa

  • Won 1965 Harold Henning/Gary Player
  • 1974 Bobby Cole/Dale Hayes
  • 1996 Ernie Els/Wayne Westner
  • 2001 Ernie Els/Retief Goosen
  • 2003 Trevor Immelman/Rory Sabbatini

South Korea

  • 5th 1971 Chang Sang Hahn/Seung Hak Kim
  • 1982 Chang Sang Hahn/Sang Ho Choi

Spain

  • Won 1976 Seve Ballesteros/Manuel Pinero
  • 1977 Seve Ballesteros/Antonio Garrido
  • 1982 Jose-Maria Canizares/Manuel Pinero
  • 1984 Jose-Maria Canizares/Jose Rivero

Sri Lanka

  • T25 1996 Tissa Chandrabasa/Nandesena Perera

Sweden

  • Won 1991 Anders Forsbrand/Per-Ulrik Johansson
  • 2008 Robert Karlsson/Henrik Stenson

Switzerland

  • 11th 1991 Andre Bossert/Paolo Quirici

Thailand

  • T4 1969 Sukree Onchum/Suchin Suwanapong

Trinidad and Tobago

  • T15 2003 Robert Ames/Stephen Ames

United Arab Republic

  • T19 1963 Mohamed Abdel Halim/Mohamed Said Moussa

United States

  • Won 1955 Ed Furgol/Chick Harbert
  • 1956 Ben Hogan/Sam Snead
  • 1960 Arnold Palmer/Sam Snead
  • 1961 Jimmy Demaret/Sam Snead
  • 1962 Arnold Palmer/Sam Snead
  • 1963 Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer
  • 1964 Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palme
  • 1966 Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer
  • 1967 Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer
  • 1969 Orville Moody/Lee Trevino
  • 1971 Jack Nicklaus/Lee Trevino
  • 1973 Johnny Miller/Jack Nicklaus
  • 1975 Lou Graham/Johnny Miller
  • 1978 John Mahaffey/Andy North
  • 1979 Hale Irwin/John Mahaffey
  • 1983 Rex Caldwell/John Cook
  • 1988 Ben Crenshaw/Mark McCumber
  • 1992 Fred Couples/Davis Love III
  • 1993 Fred Couples/Davis Love III
  • 1994 Fred Couples/Davis Love III
  • 1995 Fred Couples/Davis Love III
  • 1999 Mark O’Meara/Tiger Woods
  • 2000 David Duval/Tiger Woods
  • 2011 Matt Kuchar/Gary Woodland

Uruguay

  • T6 1962 Jose Esmoris/Juan Sereda

Venezuela

  • 9th 1958 Manolo Bernardez/Teobaldo Perez

Wales

  • Won 1987 David Llewellyn/Ian Woosnam
    2005 Stephen Dodd/Bradley Dredge

Yugoslavia

  • 44th 1979 Rafael Jerman/Mirko Vovk

Zimbabwe

  • 2nd 1993 Mark McNulty/Nick Pric
  • 1994 Tony Johnstone/Mark McNulty
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