If the World Cup was held this week…

Tue 25 Jun 2013

If the World Cup was held this week…

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Singapore, June 25: A total of 11 Asian Tour members will be in the elite 60-man field for the World Cup of Golf if the qualifying cut from the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) was made today.
Based on the latest world rankings, the following Asian Tour players will be in the field if the cut-off was made today: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (53rd) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (81st), Asian Tour Honoroary Members K.J. Choi of Korea(95th), Vijay Singh of Fiji (140th) and Jeev Milkha Singh of India (142nd), Past OOM winners Liang Wen-chong of China (163rd) and Juvic Pagunsan of Philippines (176th), as well as Gaganjeet Bhullar of India (128th),  Felipe Aguilar of Chile (129th), Siddikur of Bangladesh (234th) and Adilson Da Silva of Brazil (260th).
Former Asian Tour members Bae Sang-moon of Korea (81st) and Wu Ashun of China (196th) will also be in the top-60 field.
Asian Tour veterans Antonio Lascuna of Philippines (355th) and Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei (365th) are currently ranked fourth and fifth on the reserves list.
This year’s edition will be staged at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia from November 21-24, 2013 and will see a change in qualifying criteria with eligibility taken from the OWGR.
Up to four players can qualify, per country, if they are in the top 15 of the OWGR. For players who are ranked beyond 15th, only a maximum of two players per country can qualify. If two or more players from a country qualify, then the country is eligible for the team competition, with the top-two players comprising the qualified team.
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).
The major difference between the World Cup qualification model and that of the Olympic golf competition is that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will each be considered a separate country (for the purpose of the Olympics, those four countries compete as Great Britain). Furthermore, the Olympic Games golf competition will not feature a team component.
The cut-off date for eligibility to the 2013 World Cup of Golf in Melbourne is September 23.
The Asian Tour offers the most OWGR points throughout the year in the region. Last year, the Asian Tour offered a total of 2,975 OWGR points to players.
Its secondary circuit, the Asian Development Tour, started to offer OWGR points from its 2013 season onwards which along with the Asian Tour now offer the best possible route for golfers in Asia to earn places in the World Cup and subsequently into the Olympics in 2016 when golf makes a welcome return.
The World Cup will boast an US$8 million total purse and returns to an individual, stroke-play competition for US$7 million, with a team component (adding the total scores of two-man teams) for US$1 million.
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