Seven Asian nations in final field for World Cup of Golf

Sat 27 Aug 2016

Seven Asian nations in final field for World Cup of Golf

August 27: Tournament officials today announced a final field whose diverse accomplishments, backgrounds and native countries will make up the 28 two-man teams which will descend on Melbourne, Australia, to represent their countries in the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club from November 23-27.
The field includes:

  • Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
    Six major championship winners

  • 27 Olympians

  • 18 past participants of either The Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup

  • 2 sets of brothers

  • 4 players in the top 10 and 17 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking

  • Players from countries representing six different continents

  • 4 past World Cup champions

  • A player who shot 58 on the Web.Com Tour this year

  • Players with a combined 317 victories from around the globe

  • Seven Asian nations

“The field this year for the World Cup of Golf is a perfect example of why this tournament is consistently one of the most unique and exciting event’s on golf’s calendar,” said Executive Director Matt Kamienski. “The 56 players competing in the World Cup of Golf include both household names, who represent the very best in the game, as well as top emerging competitors from countries across the globe.”
Seven Asian nations will now make up the elite 28-team field in Melbourne, with India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia getting a late spot following the withdrawal of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti. Chawrasia, a three-time Asian Tour champion, has picked Chikkarangappa S. as his partner.
Three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand picked Kiradech Aphibarnrat while Filipino Miguel Tabuena chose three-time Asian Tour winner Angelo Que, who will make his fourth World Cup of Golf appearance. Byeonghun An of Korea will partner K.T. Kim while China’s Wu Ashun picked Li Haotong as his teammate. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama opted for Ryo Ishikawa.
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
Kiradech, who finished tied ninth with Prayad Marksaeng at Royal Melbourne in 2013, said: “I am happy that Thongchai has asked me to be his partner for the World Cup of Golf. Playing with him, our confidence will be high and I think we can have a good chance to hold the trophy. Thongchai is in good form this season and I’m playing quite well over the last few months as well including at the recent Olympics (where he finished tied fifth).
“I look forward to playing in Melbourne again. I finished really well in the individual category in 2013 (tied fifth) which was my best year as a professional and I have been striking the ball well this year. I love the way the golf courses are set up in Melbourne, and it’s always very nice weather there too. I’ve heard that Kingston Heath is a fantastic golf course and is one of the best in the world. I’m looking forward to getting back there.
Que, who finished tied 10th in the 2008 World Cup, said: “It’s an honour to have the opportunity to play in my fourth World Cup of Golf and I must thank Miguel for picking me as his partner. I’m looking forward to returning to Melbourne as it’s a fantastic destination to play golf and also to enjoy what is a vibrant city.
“My best finish in the World Cup team format was tied 10th in 2008 and I’m confident Miguel and I can strike up a good partnership and fly the Philippine flag high in Australia. Miguel has developed into a top player so I’m looking forward to playing and partnering with him for our country.”
Li Haotong of China (web)China’s Li, who was victorious on the European Tour this season, said: “I am really excited to be playing the World Cup of Golf for the first time. It is extra exciting right now because Ashun and I just represented China at the Olympics in Brazil and now we get to play together in Australia. Both of us have had important wins this year on the European Tour so we want to keep doing well and keep inspiring young players in China during an important year for golf.
“I have played with many Australians in China and around the world, and enjoy their sense of humour, so I am looking forward to meeting many more in Melbourne at the World Cup. I think Australia will be the favourites, with Jason Day and Adam Scott and the home crowd, but Ashun and I will do our best for China.”
2016 World Cup of Golf Field:

CountryNameOWGRINT WINSWorld Cup of Golf appearancesYears
AUSJason Day11112013
AUSAdam Scott72632001, 2002, 2013
AUTBernd Wiesberger60412013
AUTMartin Wiegele1224412004
BELThomas Pieters5420
BELNicolas Colsaerts124222011, 2013
CANDavid Hearn138112013
CANGraham DeLaet144422008, 2009
CHNAshun Wu140212013
CHNHaotong Li16100
DENSøren Kjeldsen454598, 99, 03, 04, 09
DENThorbjørn Olesen713211, 14
ENGDanny Willett10512013
ENGLee Westwood434100
ESPRafa Cabrera Bello26412013
ESPJon Rahm126000
FIJVijay Singh12756301, 02, 13
FIJKrishna Singh183500
FRAVictor Dubuisson90212013
FRARomain Langasque20900
GERAlex Cejka11781195-97, 00, 02, 03, 05, 07, 08, 09, 11
GERStephan Jaeger41500
INDSSP Chawrasia23430
INDS Chikarangappa43900
IRLShane Lowry35312013
IRLGraeme McDowell7011408, 09, 11, 14
ITAFrancesco Molinari583606-09, 11, 14
ITAMatteo Manassero316412013
JPNHideki Matsuyama16700
JPNRyo Ishikawa1971312013
KORByeong Hun An3420
KORK.T. Kim51140
NEDJoost Luiten68412011
NEDDarius van Driel40400
NZLDanny Lee47212009
NZLRyan Fox13620
PHIMiguel Tabuena15510
PHIAngelo Que368332008, 2009, 2014
PORRicardo Gouveia13700
PORJosé-Filipe Lima358022005, 2013
RSAJaco Van Zyl77120
RSAGeorge Coetzee128712013
SCORussell Knox30200
SCODuncan Stewart370000
SWEAlex Noren39512011
SWEDavid Lingmerth5210
THAThongchai Jaidee4218407, 08, 09, 11
THAKiradech Aphibarnrat 57422011, 2013
TPECheng Tsung-pan19600
TPEChan Shih-chang38110
USARickie Fowler8600
USAJimmy Walker19600
VENJhonattan Vegas83312009
VENJulio Vegas183500
WALJamie Donaldson89422009, 2011
WALBradley Dredge105272002-2008

No country has enjoyed more success in the World Cup of Golf than the United States, with 24 titles in the history of the event. Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, who will each be playing in the World Cup of Golf for the first time, will face a challenging field if they are to make it 25 victories for the United States. Defending champions Jason Day and Adam Scott will again represent the tournament’s host country as they try to win Australia’s sixth World Cup of Golf.
Of the 28 teams in the field, 14 have at least one World Cup of Golf victory -
United States    24
Australia              5
South Africa        5
Spain                    4
Canada                3
England               2
Germany             2
Ireland                  2
Japan                    2
Sweden                2
Wales                   2
Chinese Taipei    1
Italy                      1
Scotland               1
More information on the 28 countries in this year’s World Cup of Golf and their best-ever finishes in the event:

AustraliaWon1954Kel Nagle/Peter Thomson
1959Kel Nagle/Peter Thomson
1970Bruce Devlin/David Graham
1989Peter Fowler/Wayne Grady
2013Jason Day/Adam Scott
AustriaT52004Markus Brier/Martin Wiegele
BelgiumT41955Arthur de Vulder/Flory Van Donck
CanadaWon1968Al Balding/George Knudson
1980Dan Halldorson/Jim Nelford
1985Dave Barr/Dan Halldorson
China3rd1966Chen Ching-po/Lu Liang-huan
Chinese TaipeiWon1972Hiseh Min-nan/Lu Liang-huan
DenmarkT32013Thomas Bjørn/Thorbjørn Olesen
EnglandWon1998David Carter/Nick Faldo
2004Paul Casey/Luke Donald
FijiT82001Dinesh Chand/Vijay Singh
France3rd2003Raphael Jacquelin/Thomas Levet
GermanyWon1990Torsten Giedeon/Bernhard Langer
2006Bernhard Langer/Marcel Siem
India9th2005Arjun Atwal/Jyoti Randhawa
IrelandWon1958Harry Bradshaw/Christy O’Connor, Sr.
1997Padraig Harrington/Paul McGinley
ItalyWon2009Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari
JapanWon1957Torakichi Nakamura/Koichi Ono
2002Toshi Izawa/Shigeki Maruyama
New Zealand2nd1967Bob Charles/Walter Godfrey
NetherlandsT42011Robert-Jan Derksen/Joost Luiten
Philippines2nd1977Ben Arda/Rudy Lavares
PortugalT202005José-Filipe Lima/Antonio Sobrinho
ScotlandWon2007Colin Montgomerie/Marc Warren
South AfricaWon1965Harold Henning/Gary Player
1974Bobby Cole/Dale Hayes
1996Ernie Els/Wayne Westner
2001Ernie Els/Retief Goosen
2003Trevor Immelman/Rory Sabbatini
South Korea5th1971Chang Sang Hahn/Seung Hak Kim
1982Chang Sang Hahn/Sang Ho Choi
SpainWon1976Seve Ballesteros/Manuel Pinero
1977Seve Ballesteros/Antonio Garrido
1982Jose-Maria Cañizares/Manuel Pinero
1984Jose-Maria Cañizares/Jose Rivero
SwedenWon1991Anders Forsbrand/Per-Ulrik Johansson
2008Robert Karlsson/Henrik Stenson
ThailandT41969Sukree Onsham/Suchin Suwanapong
United StatesWon1955Ed Furgol/Chick Harbert
1956Ben Hogan/Sam Snead
1960Arnold Palmer/Sam Snead
1961Jimmy Demaret/Sam Snead
1962Arnold Palmer/Sam Snead
1963Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer
1964Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer
1966Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer
1967Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer
1969Orville Moody/Lee Trevino
1971Jack Nicklaus/Lee Trevino
1973Johnny Miller/Jack Nicklaus
1975Lou Graham/Johnny Miller
1978John Mahaffey/Andy North
1979Hale Irwin/John Mahaffey
1983Rex Caldwell/John Cook
1988Ben Crenshaw/Mark McCumber
1992Fred Couples/Davis Love III
1993Fred Couples/Davis Love III
1994Fred Couples/Davis Love III
1995Fred Couples/Davis Love III
1999Mark O’Meara/Tiger Woods
2000David Duval/Tiger Woods
2011Matt Kuchar/Gary Woodland
Venezuela9th1958Manolo Bernardez/Teobaldo Perez
WalesWon1987David Llewellyn/Ian Woosnam
2005Stephen Dodd/Bradley Dredge


The 2016 tournament will return to a 72-hole, stroke play, two-man team event format.  The first and third days of competition will be the foursomes (alternate shot) format and the second and final days are fourball (best ball) play.
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About the World Cup of Golf:  The 2016 World Cup of Golf will mark the fifth time in the tournament’s history that it will be played in Australia and the first at any course other than Royal Melbourne.
Previous World Cup of Golf events 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)
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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