Recent winners head to World Cup of Golf

Mon 18 Nov 2013

Recent winners head to World Cup of Golf

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Melbourne, Victoria, November 18: Players from around the world of golf who won or contended at several events last week will tee it up at the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
China’s Liang Wen-chong won the Resorts World Manila Masters on the Asian Tour, Australia’s Adam Scott defeated Matt Kuchar (United States) and Vijay Singh (Fiji) at the Talisker Australian Masters and Japan’s Hideto Tanihara edged World Cup of Golf teammate Ryo Ishikawa on the Japan Golf Tour. All players mentioned above will represent their country during the historic ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf.
Liang’s third Asian Tour win was made even more significant as he decided to donate half of his total winnings to victims suffering from the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.
“Before coming over to the Philippines, I was really affected by what I saw of the damage and victims suffering from the aftermath of the Typhoon on television. I’ve decided to donate 50% of my winnings to do my part and support the relief efforts,” said Liang, who took home the winner’s prize cheque of US$135,000.
Scott began the final round at the Talisker Masters with a four-stroke lead over Singh. While Singh fell back on Sunday and eventually finished third, Kuchar made a push and at one point held the lead. A double bogey on the final hole proved to be too much to overcome for Kuchar as Scott ended with a two-stroke win to successfully defend his Talisker Masters title. Scott, who also won the Australian PGA Championship a week earlier, will go for his third consecutive victory in Australia this week.
The Japanese team also appears to be in top form heading into the World Cup of Golf. Tanihara, who celebrated his 35th birthday on Saturday, edged his World Cup teammate Ishikawa for his tenth Japan Golf Tour title with a victory at the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters. Ishikawa finished one stroke behind Tanihara in a tie for second with Tomohiro Kondo and Masahiro Kawamura.
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 28 nations to 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, Thomson, Faldo, Ballesteros, Langer, Woods, Els and Montgomerie have all been able to call themselves World Cup Champions.
The field represents 60 players from 34 countries with 13 of the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking set to tee it up. The field for the 2013 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf will be based on a similar system of eligibility and format to that which will be utilized when golf makes its return to the Olympic Games in 2016.
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Emiliano GrilloArgentina
Fabian GomezArgentina
Adam ScottAustralia
Jason DayAustralia
Bernd WiesbergerAustria
Siddikur RahmanBangladesh
Nicolas ColsaertsBelgium
Adilson da SilvaBrazil
Alexandre RochaBrazil
Brad FritschCanada
David HearnCanada
Felipe AguilarChile
Mark TulloChile
WC LiangChina
Wu A-shunChina
Thomas BjornDenmark
Thorbjorn OlesenDenmark
Danny WillettEngland
Chris WoodEngland
Vijay SinghFiji
Mikko KorhonenFinland
Roope KakkoFinland
Gregory BourdyFrance
Victor DubuissonFrance
Marcel SiemGermany
Maximilian KiefferGermany
Anirban LahiriIndia
Gaganjeet BhullarIndia
Shane LowryIreland
Graeme McDowellIreland
Francesco MolinariItaly
Matteo ManasseroItaly
Hideto TaniharaJapan
Ryo IshikawaJapan
Robert-Jan DerksenNetherlands
Tim SluiterNetherlands
Mike HendryNew Zealand
Tim WilkinsonNew Zealand
Espen KofstadNorway
Angelo QuePhilippines
Tony LascunaPhilippines
Jose-Filipe LimaPortugal
Ricardo SantosPortugal
Martin LairdScotland
Stephen GallacherScotland
Branden GraceSouth Africa
George CoetzeeSouth Africa
K.J. ChoiSouth Korea
Sang-Moon BaeSouth Korea
Miguel A. JimenezSpain
Rafael Cabrera BelloSpain
Jonas BlixtSweden
Peter HansonSweden
Kiradech AphibarnratThailand
Prayad MarksaengThailand
Kevin StreelmanUnited States
Matt KucharUnited States
Stuart ManleyWales
Brendon de JongeZimbabwe

Tickets to witness the ISPS HANDA World Cup are on sale now from www.ticketmaster.com.au .
• The event is primarily an individual stroke-play competition, although it will also retain its traditional team component in a concurrent competition playing for the World Cup.
• Players within the top-15 on the Official World Golf Ranking gain access to the event, with the exception that there will be no more than four players for any country.
• Beyond the top-15, up to 2 players per country (for those countries not already having 2 or more players as a result of the top-15 category) gain access to the event until the field of 60 players is filled.
• The proposed format differs slightly from that which will be used in the Olympic Games in a couple of ways.  First, there are no current plans for the Olympics to include a team competition.  Second, the countries of England, Scotland and Wales will participate as separate teams in the World Cup competition (as opposed to in the Olympics where Great Britain fields a team). As has been tradition since the inception of the World Cup, players from Ireland and Northern Ireland will continue to compete together as one team representing Ireland.
• Purse: US$8,000,000 - $7,000,000 for individual stroke-play/ $1,000,000 for team competition.
About ISPS
ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  ISPS was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.  ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport. Visit www.ispsgolf.com
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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.
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