A lot is made every year about various sporting tournaments. The news seems saturated with reports about Super Bowls and whatever soccer tournaments are taking place. But every now and then, it comes time for golf to take the headlines.
In November this year, the 2016 World Cup of Golf will take place in Melbourne, Australia. Millions will be tuning in from all around the globe to watch the world’s best golfing stars go head-to-head. Unlike the FIFA World Cup,which takes place every four years, the World Cup of Golf takes place every two years. (It used to take place on a yearly basis until 2009.) It’s good to know we don’t have to wait quite as long for our biggest games!
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The World Cup of Golf really introduced the world to the concept of international golf. John Jay Hopkins founded the tournament in 1953, less than four years before his death. (And yes, that is the same John Jay Hopkins who was a founder and president of General Dynamics!) He hoped the tournament would improve international relations through the magic of golf. It’s hard to say that international relations are stronger as a direct result. But, more than fifty years later, there’s still something great about seeing people from all over the world come together to play golf.
Here are some quick facts about this year’s World Cup of Golf!
It’s taking place in Melbourne for the second time in a row
Unlike tournaments like the FIFA World Cup, its golfing equivalent can take place in the same country twice in a row. In fact, it’s actually a regularly done thing in this tournament. The 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 tournaments all took place in China. Those first three tournaments all occurred in the same city, Shenzhen! Melbourne is one of the finest golfing destinations in the world and a popular spot for golfing holidays.
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The teams have yet to be finalized
Despite the event taking place in November, we won’t know exactly who will be playing until mid-August! To be eligible, players must be ranked within the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Players will be selected from 28 countries. If there isn’t a player from a given country within the top 100, the players with the highest ranking available within that list can be selected. If a country is really unlucky and doesn’t have any golfers within the top 500, then they can select any players they want!
The teams must be finalized by 26 August 2016. Because the world ranking system is updated weekly, decisions tend to be made after the 22nd.
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The individual winner of the 2013 World Cup of Golf is the best player in the world
The individual winner of the last tournament was Jason Day. If you’re into golf, then you may have heard his name a few times. At least once, maybe. He is, after all, ranked number one on the Official World Golf Rankings. Because he won last time, he automatically qualifies for entry this year. Luckily for him, he won’t have to travel very far: he’s a born-and-bred Australian!