World Cup entrants secure victories

Mon 14 Nov 2016

World Cup entrants secure victories

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Melbourne, November 14: As players who are competing in next week’s ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf continued to shine with victories on three different Tours by Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia and Sweden’s Alex Noren, tournament officials also announced changes to the field including the withdrawal of England’s Danny Willett and Welsh player Jamie Donaldson.
The ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf will bring together the world’s top golfers to compete at Kingston Heath Golf Club from November 24 to 27 in one of golf’s only global team events, with 28 two-man teams representing their countries.
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan Hideki Matsuyama of Japan
There is arguably no player on the planet in better form than Matsuyama. With his seven-stroke victory at the Japan Golf Tour’s Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters on Sunday, Matsuyama now has three international victories in his last four starts.
Before winning last weekend, the 24-year-old became the first Asian player to win a World Golf Championships event with his victory in Shanghai at the HSBC Champions in late October. Two weeks prior, Matsuyama won the Japan Open by three strokes.
Matsuyama will be paired with fellow Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa. Together, the two are quickly becoming one of the favourites to take home the World Cup in the 58th edition of the historic event.
“I’m really looking forward to the World Cup of Golf. Anytime you get the opportunity to represent your country, it’s a great honour. I’m looking forward to playing well and hopefully we can team together for a victory.” Hideki Matsuyama.

Another of the world’s hottest players, Noren posted a closing 63 to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player by six shots and claim his fourth European Tour victory of the season. The Swede carded an eagle, eight birdies and a solitary bogey to finish the week at 14-under-par and move to third in the Race to Dubai Rankings. Noren has also won the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, the Omega European Masters and the British Masters supported by Sky Sports this year on the European Tour. He will team up with David Lingmerth to represent Sweden at the World Cup of Golf.
On the Asian Tour, Chawrasia won his fourth career victory on the second playoff hole at the Resorts World Manila Masters. The win at the richest golf tournament in the Philippines was a first for the 38-year-old outside his native India, and was one to remember after he birdied the 18th playoff hole twice to clinch victory over Sam Chien of the United States and Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung. Chawrasia will team up with Chikkarangappa S. to represent India.
“I'm looking forward to getting a week’s rest back home before flying to Melbourne for the World Cup of Golf. The game’s been good and the season’s been nothing short of great too, having won my home open earlier this year. This win will give me a boost in confidence and shape my game up nicely for the World Cup of Golf in two weeks’ time.” - SSP Chawrasia

In addition to the strong play of the players noted above, tournament officials announced that England’s Willett has chosen to withdraw from the World Cup of Golf. His WD means that Justin Rose, the next highest-ranked player from England in the Official World Golf Ranking from the original standings used the week after the U.S. PGA Championship, was invited.
Rose, who is recovering from back surgery, opted not to play. The next player from England, Chris Wood, committed to the event. Wood was then able to select the partner of his choice, choosing Andy Sullivan which means that Lee Westwood no longer had a spot in this year’s event.
Wood is playing in the event for the second time in his career, while Sullivan will be making his debut for England. Both players made their Ryder Cup debuts at Hazeltine National in September, and also represented Europe in the EurAsia Cup at the start of the year. Wood is a three-time winner on the European Tour, including the BMW PGA Championship. Sullivan is also a three-time winner on the European Tour with three victories in 2015.
In addition to the changes for England, Donaldson recently withdrew from the Wales team with Bradley Dredge selecting Stuart Manley to be his partner. Below is the updated field for the upcoming ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf.
Name Country Partner
Rickie Fowler USA Jimmy Walker
Adam Scott AUS Marc Leishman
Hideki Matsuyama JPN Ryo Ishikawa
Chris Wood ENG Andy Sullivan
Russell Knox SCO Duncan Stewart
Rafa Cabrera Bello ESP Jon Rahm
Shane Lowry IRL Graeme McDowell
Byeong Hun An KOR K.T. Kim
Thongchai Jaidee THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Soren Kjeldsen DEN Thorbjorn Olesen
Danny Lee NZL Ryan Fox
Alex Noren SWE David Lingmerth
Francesco Molinari ITA Matteo Manassero
Bernd Wiesberger AUT Martin Wiegele
Thomas Pieters BEL Nicolas Colsaerts
Joost Luiten NED Darius van Driel
Jaco Van Zyl RSA George Coetzee
Jhonattan Vegas VEN Julio Vegas
Victor Dubuisson FRA Romain Langasque
Bradley Dredge WAL Stuart Manley
Alex Cejka GER Stephan Jaeger
Ricardo Gouveia POR Jose-Filipe Lima
David Hearn CAN Adam Hadwin
Ashun Wu CHN Haotong Li
Miguel Tabuena PHI Angelo Que
Cheng Tsung Pan TPE Chan Shih-chang
SSP Chawrasia IND S Chikarangappa
Danny Chia MAS Nicholas Fung
The 2016 World Cup will be the 58th staging of this event. For ticket information and to follow all of the news, player features and more as the event approaches, the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf web-site is http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/isps-handa-world-cup-of-golf.html.

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About ISPS HANDA
ISPS, the International Sports Promotion Society, is a charitable organization that promotes sports, such as golf, polo and rowing, in a belief that sports and sporting platforms can help achieve world peace. It also supports blind golf as its founder and chairman Haruhisa Handa, dubbed the father of blind golf in Japan, is the first person in Japan to establish a blind golf club, which is now called the Japan Blind Golf Association.
Dr Handa also serves as founder and chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture, or IFAC, a nonprofit organization established to promote social welfare activities through music and art events. IFAC is title sponsor to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, one of the most celebrated events in the arts calendar in Australia and internationally, which takes place between the end of March and the end of April every year.
About Melbourne, Victoria
Voted the world’s most livable city for the past six years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with
its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife. Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing tourism, famed for its sandbelts and home to picturesque, challenging courses that suit every ability.
Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com
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.
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 six-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 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.