The 2013 World Cup of Golf heads to Royal Melbourne Golf Club from the 21st to 24th November 2013. The World Cup returns to Australia for the fourth time, previously held in 1988 when USA won the title, Ben Crenshaw taking the individual honours.
1. The Format
The World Cup consists primarily of an individual stroke play event over four rounds, and also includes a teams event combining the scores of two representatives from each country. This format will be similar to the 2016 Olympics Games format in Rio. Players are eligible based on their World Rankings.
The World Cup will be played on the Royal Melbourne composite course. The composite course comprises 12 holes from the West Course (ranked 12th in the World) and 6 holes from the East Course (ranked 67th in the World) The famous composite course was first used for the 1959 World Cup (then Canada Cup). Composite Course
3. The Players
34 countries are represented for the 2013 World Cup of Golf, and includes an impressive 28 players from the World Top 100, 74 PGA TOUR victories, 31 European Tour champions, 11 players who have played in the Presidents Cup and 7 players with Ryder Cup experience.
The full field is (Country & World Rank):
Argentina Angel Cabrera (53) & Emiliano Grillo (246)
Australia Adam Scott (2) & Jason Day (16)
Austria Bernd Wiesberger (60)
Bangladesh Mohd Rahman (290)
Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts (51)
Brazil Adilson da Silva (227)
Canada Brad Fritsch (344) & David Hearn (127)
Chile Felipe Aguilar (139) & Mark Tullo (347)
China WC Liang (162) & Wu A-shun (245)
Denmark Thorbjorn Olesen (49) & Thomas Bjorn (46)
England Chris Wood (67) & David Lynn (52)
Fiji Vijay Singh (181)
Finland Mikko Korhonen (308) & Roope Kakko (324)
France Victor Dubuisson (103) & Gregory Bourdy (121)
Germany Marcel Siem (75) & Maximilian Kieffer (292)
India Anirban Lahiri (191) & Gaganjeet Bhullar (150)
Ireland Graeme McDowell (11) & Shane Lowry (84)
Italy Francesco Molinari (47) & Matteo Manassero (31)
Japan Hideto Tanihara (174) & Ryo Ishikawa (146)
Mexico Jose de Jesu Rodriguez (394)
Netherlands Joost Luiten (55) & Robert-Jan Derksen (332)
New Zealand Mike Hendry (196) & Tim Wilkinson (317)
Norway Espen Kofstad (293)
Philippines Angelo Que (276) & Tony Lascuna (366)
Portugal Philippe Lima (264) & Ricardo Santos (192)
Scotland Martin Laird (59) & Stephen Gallacher (63)
South Africa Branden Grace (36) & Richard Sterne (38)
South Korea K.J. Choi (113) & Sang-Moon Bae (110)
Spain Miguel A. Jimenez (45) & Rafael Cabrera Bello (108)
Sweden Jonas Blixt (35) & Peter Hanson (39)
Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat (86) & Thongchai Jaidee (58)
United States Matt Kuchar (8) & Kevin Streelman (37)
Wales Jamie Donaldson (43) & Stuart Manley (365)
Zimbabwe Brendon de Jonge (62)
4. The Tickets
Day tickets range from $20 for the Wednesday Pro-Am through to $59 for Sunday. A Weekend Ticket is $90, and Season Tickets are $175.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster
5. The Best places to watch
The Royal Melbourne composite course provides some great vantage points around the course to watch the play. Grandstands are located around the course, obviously in prime locations, some are reserved, others are first come first seated. Some possible spots include:
The grandstand on the brilliant short par 3 5th hole will be worth it, depending on the wind and pin position, this hole could throw up some early drama.
On the corner of the classic par 4 dogleg 4th, my favourite hole on the course, watching how much of the corner the players are willing to cut or greenside to see how they deal with this tough green. The green also has a natural amphitheatre, perfect for watching the approach.
Greenside on the 2nd hole, at 476 metres will they attack this par 5 for eagle?
Fairway on the 6th hole: who doesnt like a short par 4. another attacking hole
Anywhere on 17th or 18th holes on Sunday afternoon! Find a vantage point, grandstand, mound, tree, anything!
6. The Coverage
If you cant get to the event in person all rounds of the World Cup will be shown live on Channel 10 across Australia.
7. Who will win?
Australia boasts the dream team of Adam Scott and Jason Day, making them tough to beat as a team, and individually. But lookout for Americans Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman, the Swedes of Blixt and Hanson, Irelands McDowell and Lowry, and the Italians Molinari and Monaserro.
8. The links for more
The host course, Royal Melbourne Golf Club have further details and information on their site.
9. The Australian Masters at Royal Melbourne
If 4 days of World Class golf at Royal Melbourne isnt enough, dont forget that the course hosts the Australian Masters on the week before the World Cup. Yes, thats right. Royal Melbourne will host two weeks of professional golf, making it the place to be for any golf fan! Adam Scott will defend his Masters title, with a world class field including many professional keen for the chance for more time on the course before the World Cup.