Everything you need to know about the World Cup Of Golf
The men's World Cup of golf is not quite as spectacular as it's football or rugby equivalents but is a great tournament to round off the end of the season with some of the best golfers around stepping up to do the business for their country.
Among the greats who have played in and indeed triumphed for their country in this includes Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Fred Couples, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and of course, Tiger Woods.
The tournament has traditionally been played at a host of courses around the world but from 2007 until 2018, the tournament will be held at the Mission Hills Golf Club in China.
The tournament was founded in 1953 by Canadian John Jay Hopkins as a way of promoting international good will through golf, and through the 1960's and 70's became one of the most prestigious tournaments with the USA dominating the early years and they unsurprisingly hold the record for the most wins with 23.
The home countries are well represented and would appear to have a strong chance on paper. Ross Fisher and Ian Poulter team up for England and they are installed as 4/1 favourites it the Irish pair of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell priced up as 5/1 second favourites.
Wales are represented by Stephen Dodd and Jamie Donaldson and are 50/1, while Scotland look live outsides with David Drysdale and Alastair Forsyth teaming up at odds of 66/1.
The reigning champions Sweden are back to defend their crown and it is the same pairing as last year's victorious one with Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson teaming up again as 6/1 third favourites while arguably the biggest name in the field, Sergio Garcia plays for Spain alongside Gonzalo Fernandes - Castano and they are 9/1.
The tournament takes the format of four rounds played from Thursday to Sunday with the first and third days being fourballs and the second and fourth days being foursomes which should test the skills of all the golfers in the field and most importantly of all there is no cut, so a poor first day may not spell the end of the road for the teams.
Here are some facts for you about the World Cup of golf:
- Argentina, Australia, England and the United States hold the record for the most appearances with 52.
- Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus jointly hold the record for the most victories by a player, both with six, while the duo jointly hold the record for the most victories by the same partnership (4) with the other pair being Fred Couples and David Love III.
- Jean Garaialde holds the record for the most number of appearances, he made 25 representing France between 1954 and 1982.
- Flory van Donck of Belgium is the oldest player to ever participate, playing at the ripe old age of 67, while the youngest was Marko Vovk who was 15 when representing Yugoslavia in 1979.