Ryan Fox and Danny Lee will team up for the second time this year as they look to make history and claim the World Cup of Golf for the first time in history at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne.
While the dynamic duo played as individuals at the Rio Olympics where they grew their relationship on and off the course and now return to take on the world in a genuine teams format starting tomorrow.
Ryan Fox has had a great build up after an impressive performance across the ditch at the Emirates Australian Open last week where he finished fourth. Fox got the chance to go toe to toe with world number five Jordan Spieth who went on to win the title for the second time.
With Lee joining him, it provides an exciting partnership as the PGA Tour professional is capable of big birdie runs combined with his experience at the last years Presidents Cup will be pivotal. This coupled with Fox's long and aggressive brand of golf, is sure to create fireworks in a format that may suit the pair.The last time a Kiwi pair came close to the World Cup title was in 1967 where Sir Bob Charles and Walter Godfrey finished second place.
For Fox and Lee to go one better than that result they will have some stiff competition. TAB favourites and host nation Australia will be aiming to go back to back after Jason Day and Adam Scott won in 2013. The two have since been split up due to Day's back injury with Marc Leishman coming to the floor. The only time they've teamed up was at 2015 Presidents Cup, halving one foursomes match.
It is impossible not to mention the American side of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. The record books don't lie with the United States having won the title a whopping 24 times. The next best being defending champions Australia with five.The Kiwi pair have had some early success in the build up to the tournament, winning the charity challenge at the historic Melbourne Cricket ground yesterday. Albeit, a minor victory, it's great to see Fox and Lee back together representing New Zealand.
Played at the Kingston Heath Golf Club which is ranked in the top 50 on the globe, the World Cup of Golf is played as a 72-hole stroke play event where the teams play four-ball in rounds one and three with the best score of the two counting whereas rounds two and four are foursomes where the players play alternate shots using the same ball. This will make for exciting viewing as the scoring could be very low if Melbourne's traditional winds don't feature.Coverage of the World Cup of Golf will tee off at 2:00pm on Sky Sport 54 where you can witness national rivalry at it's finest and maybe even New Zealand history.
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