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)
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.
The top 28 available countries from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, August 1, 2016, will qualify for the event. Qualification information includes;
- Jason Day automatically qualifies as the Individual Champion of the previous World Cup as the top-ranked player from Australia and will be allowed to select his partner as one of the 28 countries and as defined below.
- The top available player, who is national (as defined in the International Federation of PGA Tours Nationality Policy) of the top 28 available countries, must commit to the event by Thursday, August 12, 2016. These 28 players will select a player of their choosing from the same country, provided such player is ranked among the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking as of either August 1, 2016 or August 22, 2016.
- If there is no other player from that country ranked within the top 100 on the OWGR as of August 1, 2016 or August 22, 2016, the exempt player's partner shall be the next highest ranked available player from the same country outside the top 100 as of August 22, 2016.
- If there is no other player from that country within the top 500 of the OWGR as of August 22, 2016, the exempt player may select a professional of his choosing from the same country, without regard to the chosen player's World Ranking.
The World Cup of Golf web-site includes a page that lists which players would be qualified if the deadline were today (pending commitments), http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/world-cup-of-golf/field.html.
The World Cup of Golf is the fifth worldwide event sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours, joining the four World Golf Championships – Dell Match Play (Austin, Texas, USA); Cadillac Championship (Florida, USA); Bridgestone Invitational (Ohio, USA); and HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China).