Melbourne’s 2016 World Cup of Golf field finalised

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THERE have been some late player changes to the field for the World Cup of Golf in November, including Rickie Fowler replacing Bubba Watson, but tournament officials have now announced the final line-up.

Officials this week said the cup, slotted for Kingston Heath Golf Club from November 23-27, would feature a diverse group of golfers with various  accomplishments and backgrounds making up 28 two man teams.

A late change was the Americans with a delighted Rickie Fowler stepping in when Bubba Watson reluctantly withdrew.

Fowler immediately chose reigning US PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker as his teammate. Both will be competing in the World Cup for the first time but were paired together in the 2015 Presidents Cup.

“Coming off the amazing experience that I had at the Olympics, it’s great to have the chance to put on the red, white and blue again and play for the United States in the World Cup of Golf,” Fowler said. “Jimmy is not only one of my favorite guys out here on TOUR, but he is clearly one of the most talented players on our TOUR as well. I think we’ll make a fantastic team and our strengths will work well together. I’ve heard great things about Kingston Heath and can’t wait to get to Australia.”

Australia will be represented by defending champions Jason Day and Adam Scott while New Zealand’s Danny Lee has now also confirmed his selection of his Olympic teammate Ryan Fox as his partner for the 58th edition of the event.

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The field includes:

  • 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

“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.”

 

2016 World Cup of Golf Field:

 

Country

Name

OWGR

INT WINS

World Cup of Golf appearances

Years

AUS

Jason Day

1

11

1

2013

AUS

Adam Scott

7

26

3

2001, 2002, 2013

AUT

Bernd Wiesberger

60

4

1

2013

AUT

Martin Wiegele

1224

4

1

2004

BEL

Thomas Pieters

54

2

0

 

BEL

Nicolas Colsaerts

124

2

2

2011, 2013

CAN

David Hearn

138

1

1

2013

CAN

Graham DeLaet

144

4

2

2008, 2009

CHN

Ashun Wu

140

2

1

2013

CHN

Haotong Li

161

0

0

 

DEN

Søren Kjeldsen

45

4

5

98, 99, 03, 04, 09

DEN

Thorbjørn Olesen

71

3

2

11, 14

ENG

Danny Willett

10

5

1

2013

ENG

Lee Westwood

43

41

0

0

ESP

Rafa Cabrera Bello

26

4

1

2013

ESP

Jon Rahm

126

0

0

0

FIJ

Vijay Singh

127

56

3

01, 02, 13

FIJ

Krishna Singh

1835

0

0

 

FRA

Victor Dubuisson

90

2

1

2013

FRA

Romain Langasque

209

0

0

 

GER

Alex Cejka

117

8

11

95-97, 00, 02, 03, 05, 07, 08, 09, 11

GER

Stephan Jaeger

415

0

0

 

IND

SSP Chawrasia

234

3

0

 

IND

S Chikarangappa

439

0

0

 

IRL

Shane Lowry

35

3

1

2013

IRL

Graeme McDowell

70

11

4

08, 09, 11, 14

ITA

Francesco Molinari

58

3

6

06-09, 11, 14

ITA

Matteo Manassero

316

4

1

2013

JPN

Hideki Matsuyama

16

7

0

0

JPN

Ryo Ishikawa

197

13

1

2013

KOR

Byeong Hun An

34

2

0

 

KOR

K.T. Kim

51

14

0

 

NED

Joost Luiten

68

4

1

2011

NED

Darius van Driel

404

0

0

 

NZL

Danny Lee

47

2

1

2009

NZL

Ryan Fox

136

2

0

 

PHI

Miguel Tabuena

155

0

0

 

PHI

Angelo Que

368

0

3

2008, 2009, 2014

POR

Ricardo Gouveia

137

0

0

 

POR

José-Filipe Lima

358

0

2

2005, 2013

RSA

Jaco Van Zyl

77

12

0

 

RSA

George Coetzee

128

7

1

2013

SCO

Russell Knox

30

2

0

0

SCO

Duncan Stewart

370

0

0

0

SWE

Alex Noren

39

5

1

2011

SWE

David Lingmerth

52

1

0

 

THA

Thongchai Jaidee

42

18

4

07, 08, 09, 11

THA

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

 57

4

2

2011, 2013

TPE

Cheng Tsung Pan

196

0

0

 

TPE

Chan Shih-chang

381

0

0

 

USA

Rickie Fowler

8

6

0

0

USA

Jimmy Walker

19

6

0

0

VEN

Jhonattan Vegas

83

3

1

2009

VEN

Julio Vegas

1835

0

0

 

WAL

Jamie Donaldson

89

4

2

2009, 2011

WAL

Bradley Dredge

105

2

7

2002-2008

 

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. 

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

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