2018 Melbourne World Cup of Golf to be contested at The Metropolitan Golf Club

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, December 5: The PGA TOUR, on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, announced today that the 59th edition of the World Cup of Golf will be contested at The Metropolitan Golf Club on November 21-25, 2018.

The event will return to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, with 28 two-person teams representing their respective countries .

As one of five events co-sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours, the Melbourne World Cup of Golf is a truly global and historic event, which has been played 58 times since 1953 in 25 countries, and is the only event that sees the world’s best come together and compete for their countries, outside of the Olympics.

“The World Cup of Golf has been a celebrated and valued tradition in the game for decades, and the International Federation of PGA Tours is proud to see that tradition continue in 2018 with the best players from around the globe convening at The Metropolitan Golf Club,” PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said. “Golf in the Sandbelt region speaks for itself, and we appreciate The Metropolitan Golf Club opening its doors for this historic team event.”

What differentiates the Melbourne World Cup of Golf is the opportunity for the highest-ranked player from each competing country to choose his playing partner, thus maximizing the camaraderie and competitive spirit. The 2018 event will continue with the same format from 2016, with the first and third days of competition played as four-ball (best ball) format and the second and final days as foursomes (alternate shot) play.

Several organizations (Visit Victoria, Golf Australia, the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia, Lagardere and the PGA TOUR) worked in collaboration to ensure the stretch of professional golf in Australia with three consecutive world-class events (the Emirates Australian Open, the Melbourne World Cup of Golf, and the Australian PGA Championship) would become a reality for Australia’s golf fans in 2018.

“It is a true thrill to bring this unique, global team-event back to Melbourne and the Sandbelt region,” said Robyn Cooper, Executive Director of the Melbourne World Cup of Golf. “We appreciate the strong cooperation of all involved to ensure Australia’s golf fans would be able to enjoy this spirited team competition in the Sandbelt region. A special thank you goes to Golf Australia and Lagardere for working with us to resolve some scheduling challenges.  The group’s overall combined efforts are certainly in the best interests of golf fans here in Australia.”

The Melbourne World Cup of Golf brought significant global star power to the Sandbelt region in 2016, with 17 of the top 50 players in the world on hand, including the likes of Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Alex Noren, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Shane Lowry, Byeong Hun An, Russell Knox and more. Players outside the top 50 at the start of the 2016 event that are currently among the top 50 include Jon Rahm (No. 4), Marc Leishman (No. 13) and Jhonattan Vegas (No. 43).

The Melbourne World Cup of Golf affords players one of the few opportunities to represent their country in an international competition, which continues to attract some of the best players in the world to compete in this unique event. Fans attending the 2018 Melbourne World Cup of Golf can expect a world-class field. In 2016, the field included:

  • 273 total international victories
  • 67 combined World Cup of Golf appearances
  • 17 of the top 50 players in the world
  • 4 of the top 10 players in the world
  • 18 with Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup experience

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 Aussies Adam Scott and Jason Day were victorious at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in 2013. Following the 2018 Melbourne World Cup of Golf, the Sandbelt region will once again grab the spotlight as the 2019 Presidents Cup is staged at Royal Melbourne for a third time.

“We’re getting it done – making Victoria Australia’s home of golf by bringing the best domestic and international tournaments right to our doorstep,” John Eren, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, said.

“The flow on effects from these types of events are huge – they give visitors another reason to come to Melbourne and make our economy stronger.”

The 2018 Melbourne World Cup of Golf will mark the sixth time in the tournament’s history that it will be played in Australia, which is the second-most all-time behind the United States (11).

The World Cup of Golf in Australia:

Year     Winning Country/Players

1959     Australia (Peter Thomson/Kel Nagle)

1972     Chinese Taipei (Hsieh Min-Nan/Lu Liang-Huan)

1988     United States (Ben Crenshaw/Mark McCumber)

2013     Australia (Jason Day/Adam Scott)

2016     Denmark (Søren Kjeldsen/Thorbjørn Olesen)

“Our aspiration is for the Melbourne Sandbelt to become a bucket list destination for golf enthusiasts globally, and that’s why we are thrilled to once again partner with PGA TOUR to showcase Melbourne’s courses to the world. In 2016 we highlighted Kingston Heath, in 2018 we celebrate Metropolitan and in 2019 the Royal Melbourne Golf Club hosts the Presidents Cup,” Peter Bingeman, Visit Victoria Chief Executive Officer, said.

“These three award-winning courses, together with the stunning fairways of Victoria, Commonwealth, Huntingdale, Yarra Yarra and Peninsula Golf Clubs, are within 90-minutes of Melbourne, allowing golfers to enjoy the fairways by day and the laneways, restaurants and bars of the city by night.”

Widely regarded as one of the finest championship courses in Australia, The Metropolitan Golf Club shares a common origin with The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in 1891, and consistently enjoys a reputation as one of the best-conditioned and most beautiful courses in the country.  The Metropolitan Golf Club’s rich tournament history includes the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play (2001), Men’s Australian Open, (1930, 1936, 1951, 1979, 1986, 1993, 1997), Australian PGA Championship (1930, 1936, 1951, 1966, 1968), Women’s Australian Open (2009) and the Australian Masters (2014).

“The Metropolitan Golf Club is extremely proud to be selected to host the World Cup of Golf 2018,” said Marcus Harty, Captain of The Metropolitan Golf Club. “The tournament has a rich history featuring the greatest golfers from across the eras and we look forward to welcoming the current generation of greats to Metropolitan. We are excited that we will have the opportunity to further showcase the Melbourne Sandbelt to the world, particularly our own ‘Metro’ with its unique architecture and highly-regarded course conditioning.”

Melbourne World Cup of Golf Information

In 1953 when the inaugural Canada Cup and International Golf Championship—as the World Cup of Golf was then called—took place in Montreal, Canada, it was a relatively low-key event with just seven nations taking part. Since then it has grown into the greatest world team event in the game of golf, where teams of two players representing 28 countries compete for the prestigious title on some of the finest courses around the globe.

The tournament has been graced by the greatest names in the history of the game. Some winners: Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle (winners for Australia in 1954); Ben Hogan and Sam Snead (winners for the U.S. in 1956); four-time winners Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (for the U.S. in 1963-64 and 1966-67); Gary Player and Harold Henning (winners for South Africa in 1965); Tiger Woods and David Duval (U.S. winners in 2000) and Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott on their home soil in 2013.

It was no coincidence that the first event was held in Montreal, for the Canada Cup and International Golf Championship was the brainchild of Canadian John Jay Hopkins, whose name is carried in honor on the trophy that will be presented to the winning team. Hopkins could justifiably be called the Founding Father of international golf.

“Golf is a civilized and a civilizing game,” he once said. “It’s a game for good neighbors. It has the spice of good competition, while imposing the highest moral restraints.”

Hopkins’ devotion to golf led him to invent the International Golf Association in New York in 1952 with the slogan, “International Goodwill Through Golf.”

“It is my hope that the International Tournament will serve through the spirit of the game to bind people together. The thousands, and hopefully, ultimately millions who watch these sportsmen must inevitably recognize the common bond that links all nations.”

The tournament became known as the World Cup of Golf in 1967.

About Melbourne

Melbourne is recognised as one of the event capitals of the world. It is the host city to many international events, including the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Australian Open Tennis Championships, the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix.

In August, Melbourne was voted the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year running by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual lifestyle survey. The survey ranks all cities according to factors such as healthcare, education, environment and infrastructure.

Melbourne is a thriving cultural capital, home to vibrant gastronomy, fashion and arts scenes.

Melburnians are warm, welcoming and enthusiastic about their city, enjoying a lifestyle that embraces the great outdoors, all things coffee and food, and a vibrant music and arts scene.

About the Melbourne Sandbelt

The Melbourne Sandbelt boasts a fabulous group of golf courses that epitomise the golden age of golf architecture.

Spanning the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the courses are built on grey sand, boast stunning fairways and are conveniently located within a short distance of each other.

Royal Melbourne (East and West), Kingston Heath, Metropolitan, Victoria, Commonwealth, Huntingdale, Yarra Yarra, Peninsula (North and South) are all championship venues masterminded by acclaimed architects.

Enthusiasts can also access the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley for further golf experiences.

About the International Federation of PGA Tours

The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999, while the Canadian Tour and the Tour de las Americas joined the Federation as associate members in 2000 and 2007, respectively.

In step with the global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

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