Top stars commit to World Cup of Golf

Tue 20 Aug 2013

Top stars commit to World Cup of Golf

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Melbourne, Victoria, AUS, August 20: – Commitments from a selection of golf’s biggest international stars have begun with Matt Kuchar (USA), Matteo Manassero (Italy) and Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) announcing their intentions to represent their respective countries at the World Cup of Golf at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club on November 18-24. Tournament officials also announced that tickets are officially on sale from Ticketmaster for the 57th staging of the historic event.
Along with Gary Woodland, Matt Kuchar was part of the team which won the World Cup when it was last held in 2011 at the Mission Hills Resort, in Hainan Island, China. Kuchar, who won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship as well as The Memorial Tournament this year on the PGA TOUR, was also part of the winning 2011 U.S. Presidents Cup team when it was held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Since the start of the 2010 season, Kuchar has 36 top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, more than any other PGA TOUR player during those four PGA TOUR seasons. The No. 6-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking has six career victories and is one of four players with multiple wins on the PGA TOUR in 2013, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.
“Representing my country is a real honour whether in The Ryder Cup, The Presidents Cup or the World Cup.    It was a great experience to win the World Cup in 2011 with Gary Woodland and I am looking forward to “defending” at Royal Melbourne.”
Manassero will join Kuchar in Australia with hopes of bringing the championship trophy back to Italy after the Molinari brothers won the event in 2009. Manassero’s accomplishments have already reached world-class level considering he is No. 28 on the Official World Golf Ranking, No. 5 in The European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings and has four career European Tour victories. When you add the fact that Manassero has still yet to celebrate his 21st birthday, you realize why so many are predicting big things in the young man’s future.
Manassero’s victory in May at the BMW PGA Championship made him the youngest ever winner of The European Tour’s flagship event. Manassero posted an impressive 69 in the final round to tie with Simon Khan, before winning on the fourth playoff-hole.  In 2010, he became the youngest winner in European Tour history thanks to his victory in the 2010 Castelló Masters aged 17 years and 188 days.
“I’m genuinely excited about playing in the World Cup, and can’t wait to make my debut at Royal Melbourne. It’s not often that you get the chance to play for your country as well as yourself, so I really want to play well and help make it a great week for Italy,” Manassero said. “When Edoardo and Francesco won in 2009 it was huge news in Italy, so hopefully I can help bring the trophy back home again.”
Thongchai, the only man to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles, represents the true global nature of the World Cup of Golf, having played in tournaments across the globe. With 13 victories on the Asian Tour which include three co-sanctioned tournaments with The European Tour and another victory at the ISPS Handa Wales Open in 2012, Thongchai has shown he can compete at the highest level of the game. His best finish in 2013 came at The European Tour’s Volvo World Match Play Championship, where he finished runner-up to Graeme McDowell.
“I always enjoy playing in the World Cup, it’s a great tournament and obviously a little bit different from the events we usually play,” Thongchai said. “You want to do well when you are playing for your country, so I will give it my best shot.”
Minister for Tourism Louise Asher welcomed the commitments. “I am sure that this will be a great showcase for golf in this state and I am delighted that three champions of the sport will be playing in the World Cup. It is exciting that once again Royal Melbourne will be showcased to a global audience through this top international competition.
“The 2013 World Cup of Golf is estimated to create between $25 million to $30 million in economic benefit to Victoria and will attract up to 9,000 interstate and international visitors.
"I would invite fans from around the country and overseas to visit Melbourne to experience the World Cup and everything Melbourne has to offer”, Ms Asher said.
Vice President-Director of Golf, IMG Australia, David Rollo, commented: “The World Cup of Golf crowns an exciting two week festival of golf at Royal Melbourne which will showcase Victoria to over 800 million homes in over 200 countries.   Fans will get to see an array of the best players in the world from over 30 countries and, tickets are limited so we would encourage fans to secure their tickets now from www.ticketmaster.com.au.”
Tickets for the World Cup of golf will sell as follows:
2013 World Cup of Golf General Admission Ticket Information:
Wednesday Pro-Am:                                      $20
Thursday, Friday or Saturday:                     $54
Sunday:                                                             $59
Weekend Tickets*:                                         $90
Season Tickets**:                                            $175
Bunker Season Ticket:                                   $299
Bunker Daily Ticket:                                        $90
*Allows entry to the course only on Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November.
**Allows entry to the course  from Wednesday, November 20  to Sunday, November 24.
2013 World Cup of Golf Concession Tickets Information
The following card holders will be admitted at concession rates, with a valid photo ID. ID must be carried at all times, and produced upon request: Victorian Seniors Card, Interstate Seniors Card, Australian Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card and a Victorian Transport Association Concession Card.
Children aged from 14 -18 years are eligible to purchase concession tickets.
Wednesday Pro-Am:                                      $15
Thursday, Friday or Saturday:                     $44
Sunday:                                                             $49
Weekend Concession Tickets*:                   $80
Season Concession Tickets**:                      $150
*Allows entry to the course only on Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November.
**Allows entry to the course  from Wednesday, November 20  to Sunday, November 24.
Youth Policy
Juniors under the age of 16 will be granted free general admission access when accompanied by a paying adult, with a general admission ticket. Please note, only one child will be permitted per one adult. Please be aware that there are no child care facilities at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
About the World Cup of Golf
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 approximately 28 nations represent their country. The 2013 World Cup will be the 57th staging of this event, which has seen all of the 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 Montgomerie have all been able to call themselves World Champions.
The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, which hosted The Presidents Cup 2011, will host the Talisker Masters and World Cup of Golf in consecutive weeks in November.  The World Cup has been played three previous times in Australia, each at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The event was last played in Australia in 1988 as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebrations when the U.S. team of Ben Crenshaw and Mark McCumber defeated the Japanese team of Masashi (Jumbo) and Tateo Ozaki to win the tournament.
As part of the move, the event boasts an $8 million total purse and returns to an individual, stroke-play competition for $7 million, with a team component (adding the total scores of two-man teams) for $1 million.  The qualification system for the event is similar to that which will be used in the Olympic Games, when golf returns to the program in 2016.  The field will include 60 players (no cut), with eligibility taken from the Official World Golf Ranking.  OWGR points will be awarded for the individual portion of the competition.
Do not miss the opportunity to witness a world class event; tickets are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.com.au.
For more information regarding the World Cup of Golf premium hospitality options please click on the following link:  http://worldcup.pgatour.com/hospitality.aspx. Travel packages are also available via the Event Travel Office events@gtaus.com.au or on 1300 300 756 from within Australia.
About Melbourne
Known as one of the world's most liveable cities, it's Melbourne's sophisticated, yet edgy style combined with super-friendly people that gives the city its personality. With an impressive calendar of high profile international events, including The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and The Australian Open Tennis Championships, Melbourne is a leader in staging major events and providing a world-class welcome to international visitors.
With inner-city precincts ranging from the infamous city centre laneways to the beachy, bayside chic of the south and eclectic northside cool - Melbourne is a city of constant discovery where fashion, food, sport and entertainment, shopping, heritage, the arts and good living all come together to creative a lifestyle envied by many around the world. Food and wine lovers in particular will be in food heaven in gourmet Melbourne. Eating experiences range from award-winning celebrity chef restaurants to farmers markets selling locally sourced wines and fresh produce.
As one of the most compact regions in Australia, Victoria offers a huge variety of landscapes and experiences within a few hours of Melbourne. Whether its deserts, alpine ski resorts, mighty rivers, great lakes, wildlife, or the unparalleled spectacle and beauty of the world renowned Great Ocean Road, Victoria is all about quality experiences.
Many of the state’s regional attractions, including valleys of vineyards and international surf beaches, are less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne. But with more time to spare, the entire state offers a variety of scenic routes ideal for self-drive and personalised tours.
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, 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 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.
About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956.  IGA is governed by its seven-member Board of Directors.  Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman.  Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2013 return of the World Cup to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, one of the world’s greatest golf venues.
About IMG
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, fashion and media business, with nearly 3,500 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging:  IMG College; IMG’s Joint Ventures in China, Brazil, India and Turkey; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Golf and IMG Tennis, IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academy; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing.  More information is available at www.imgworld.com  Follow us on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/ IMG_Worldwide and Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/IMG-Worldwide/
 
 

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