World Cup (men's golf)

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The World Cup is a men's golf tournament contested by teams of two representing their country. Only one team is allowed from each country. The players are selected on the basis of the Official World Golf Ranking, although not all of the first choice players choose to compete. The event was held from 2007 through 2009 at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, receiving the name Mission Hills World Cup. In 2010, it was announced that the event would change from annual to biennial, held in odd-numbered years, to accommodate the 2016 inclusion of golf at the Olympics. It resumed in 2011 at a new venue — Mission Hills Haikou in the Chinese island province of Hainan.[1] The event also has a title sponsor, the first of which is Omega, so the full name of the event since 2007 has been the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.[2]

The tournament was founded by Canadian industrialist John Jay Hopkins, who hoped it would promote international goodwill through golf. It began in 1953 as the Canada Cup and changed its named to the World Cup in 1967. With Fred Corcoran as the Tournament Director and the International Golf Association behind it (1955–77), the World Cup traveled the globe and grew to be one of golf's most prestigious tournaments throughout the 1960s and '70s, but interest in the event faded to the point that the event was skipped entirely in 1986; it resumed the following year and became known as the World Cup of Golf in 1993. It was incorporated into the World Golf Championships series from 2000 to 2006. In 2007 it ceased to be a World Golf Championships event, but continued to be sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours. The United States has a clear lead in wins, with 24 as of 2011.

In 1953, the format was 36 holes of stroke play with the combined score of the two-man team determining the winner. From 1954 to 1999, the format was 72 holes of stroke play. Beginning in 2000, the format is alternating stroke play rounds of bestball (fourball) and alternate shot (foursomes). From 1955 to 1999, there was also a separate award, the International Trophy, for the individual with the best 72 hole score.

The equivalent event for women is the Women's World Cup of Golf.

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Winners

Omega Mission Hills World Cup

YearCountryTeamLocationRunners-up
2011 United StatesMatt Kuchar & Gary WoodlandHaikou, Hainan Island, ChinaEngland Ian Poulter & Justin Rose
Germany Martin Kaymer & Alex Čejka
2009 ItalyEdoardo Molinari & Francesco MolinariShenzhen, ChinaSweden Henrik Stenson & Robert Karlsson
Republic of Ireland Rory McIlroy & Graeme McDowell
2008 SwedenRobert Karlsson & Henrik StensonShenzhen, ChinaSpain Miguel Ángel Jiménez & Pablo Larrazábal
2007 ScotlandColin Montgomerie & Marc WarrenShenzhen, ChinaUnited States Heath Slocum & Boo Weekley

WGC-World Cup

YearCountryTeamLocationRunners-up
2006 GermanyBernhard Langer & Marcel SiemSandy Lane Resort, BarbadosScotland Colin Montgomerie & Marc Warren
2005 WalesStephen Dodd & Bradley DredgeAlgarve, PortugalEngland Luke Donald & David Howell
Sweden Niclas Fasth & Henrik Stenson
2004 EnglandPaul Casey & Luke DonaldSeville, SpainSpain Sergio García & Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2003 South AfricaTrevor Immelman & Rory SabbatiniKiawah Island, South Carolina, USAEngland Paul Casey & Justin Rose
2002 JapanToshimitsu Izawa & Shigeki MaruyamaPuerto Vallarta, MexicoUnited States Phil Mickelson & David Toms
2001 South AfricaErnie Els & Retief GoosenGotemba, JapanDenmark Thomas Bjørn & Søren Hansen
New Zealand Michael Campbell & David Smail
United States David Duval & Tiger Woods
2000 United StatesDavid Duval & Tiger WoodsBuenos Aires, ArgentinaArgentina Eduardo Romero and Ángel Cabrera

World Cup of Golf

YearCountryTeamIndividualLocationRunners-up
1999 United StatesMark O'Meara & Tiger WoodsUnited States Tiger WoodsKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaSpain Santiago Luna & Miguel Angel Martin
1998 EnglandDavid Carter & Nick FaldoUnited States Scott VerplankAuckland, New ZealandItaly Massimo Florioli & Costantino Rocca
1997 IrelandPádraig Harrington & Paul McGinleyScotland Colin MontgomerieKiawah Island, South Carolina, USAScotland Colin Montgomerie & Raymond Russell
1996 South AfricaErnie Els & Wayne WestnerSouth Africa Ernie ElsCape Town, South AfricaUnited States Steve Jones & Tom Lehman
1995 United StatesFred Couples & Davis Love IIIUnited States Davis Love IIIShenzhen, ChinaAustralia Robert Allenby & Steve Elkington
1994 United StatesFred Couples & Davis Love IIIUnited States Fred CouplesDorado, Puerto RicoZimbabwe Tony Johnstone & Mark McNulty
1993 United StatesFred Couples & Davis Love IIIGermany Bernhard LangerOrlando, Florida, USAZimbabwe Mark McNulty & Nick Price

World Cup

YearCountryTeamIndividualLocationRunners-up
1992 United StatesFred Couples & Davis Love IIIAustralia Brett OgleMadrid, SpainSweden Anders Forsbrand & Per-Ulrik Johansson
1991 SwedenAnders Forsbrand & Per-Ulrik JohanssonWales Ian WoosnamRome, ItalyWales Phillip Price & Ian Woosnam
1990 GermanyTorsten Giedeon & Bernhard LangerUnited States Payne StewartOrlando, Florida, USAEngland Richard Boxall & Mark James
Republic of Ireland David Feherty & Ronan Rafferty
1989 AustraliaPeter Fowler & Wayne GradyAustralia Peter FowlerMarbella, SpainSpain José Maria Cañizares & José María Olazábal
1988 United StatesBen Crenshaw & Mark McCumberUnited States Ben CrenshawMelbourne, AustraliaJapan Masashi Ozaki & Tateo Ozaki
1987 WalesDavid Llewellyn & Ian WoosnamWales Ian WoosnamMaui, Hawaii, USAScotland Sandy Lyle & Sam Torrance
1986No tournament
1985 CanadaDave Barr & Dan HalldorsonEngland Howard ClarkLa Quinta, California, USAEngland Howard Clark & Paul Way
1984 SpainJosé Maria Cañizares & José RiveroSpain José Maria CañizaresRome, ItalyScotland Gordon Brand, Jnr & Sam Torrance
Taiwan Hsieh Min-Nan & Chen Tze-Chung
1983 United StatesRex Caldwell & John CookCanada Dave BarrJakarta, IndonesiaAustralia Terry Gale & Wayne Grady
Canada Jerry Anderson & Dave Barr
1982 SpainJosé Maria Cañizares & Manuel PiñeroSpain Manuel PiñeroAcapulco, MexicoUnited States Bobby Clampett & Bob Gilder
1981No tournament
1980 CanadaDan Halldorson & Jim NelfordScotland Sandy LyleBogotá, ColombiaScotland Sandy Lyle & Steve Martin
1979 United StatesHale Irwin & John MahaffeyUnited States Hale IrwinAthens, GreeceScotland Sandy Lyle & Ken Brown
1978 United StatesJohn Mahaffey & Andy NorthUnited States John MahaffeyHanalei, Hawaii, USAAustralia Wayne Grady & Greg Norman
1977 SpainSeve Ballesteros & Antonio GarridoSouth Africa Gary PlayerManila, PhilippinesPhilippines Ben Arda & Rudy Lavares
1976 SpainSeve Ballesteros & Manuel PiñeroMexico Ernesto Perez AcostaPalm Springs, California, USAUnited States Jerry Pate & Dave Stockton
1975 United StatesLou Graham & Johnny MillerUnited States Johnny MillerBangkok, ThailandTaiwan Hsieh Min-Nan & Kuo Chie-Hsiung
1974 South AfricaBobby Cole & Dale HayesSouth Africa Bobby ColeCaracas, VenezuelaJapan Isao Aoki & Masashi Ozaki
1973 United StatesJohnny Miller & Jack NicklausUnited States Johnny MillerMarbella, SpainSouth Africa Hugh Baiocchi & Gary Player
1972 TaiwanHsieh Min-Nan & Lu Liang-HuanTaiwan Hsieh Min-NanMelbourne, AustraliaJapan Takaaki Kono & Takashi Murakami
1971 United StatesJack Nicklaus & Lee TrevinoUnited States Jack NicklausPalm Beach, Florida, USASouth Africa Harold Henning & Gary Player
1970 AustraliaBruce Devlin & David GrahamArgentina Roberto De VicenzoBuenos Aires, ArgentinaArgentina Roberto De Vicenzo & Vicente Fernández
1969 United StatesOrville Moody & Lee TrevinoUnited States Lee TrevinoSingaporeJapan Takaaki Kono & Haruo Yasuda
1968 CanadaAl Balding & George KnudsonCanada Al BaldingRome, ItalyUnited States Julius Boros & Lee Trevino
1967 United StatesJack Nicklaus & Arnold PalmerUnited States Arnold PalmerMexico City, MexicoNew Zealand Bob Charles & Will Godfrey

Canada Cup

YearCountryTeamIndividualLocationRunners-up
1966 United StatesJack Nicklaus & Arnold PalmerCanada George KnudsonTokyo, JapanSouth Africa Harold Henning & Gary Player
1965 South AfricaHarold Henning & Gary PlayerSouth Africa Gary PlayerMadrid, SpainSpain Ángel Miguel & Ramón Sota
1964 United StatesJack Nicklaus & Arnold PalmerUnited States Jack NicklausMaui, Hawaii, USAArgentina Roberto De Vicenzo & Leopoldo Ruiz
1963 United StatesJack Nicklaus & Arnold PalmerUnited States Jack NicklausParis, FranceSpain Sebastián Miguel & Ramón Sota
1962 United StatesArnold Palmer & Sam SneadArgentina Roberto De VicenzoBuenos Aires, ArgentinaArgentina Fidel de Luca & Roberto De Vicenzo
1961 United StatesJimmy Demaret & Sam SneadUnited States Sam SneadDorado, Puerto RicoAustralia Kel Nagle & Peter Thomson
1960 United StatesArnold Palmer & Sam SneadBelgium Flory Van DonckPortmarnock, Dublin, IrelandEngland Bernard Hunt & Harry Weetman
1959 AustraliaKel Nagle & Peter ThomsonCanada Stan LeonardMelbourne, AustraliaUnited States Cary Middlecoff & Sam Snead
1958 IrelandHarry Bradshaw & Christy O'ConnorSpain Ángel MiguelMexico City, MexicoSpain Ángel Miguel & Sebastián Miguel
1957 JapanTorakichi Nakamura & Koichi OnoJapan Torakichi NakamuraTokyo, JapanUnited States Jimmy Demaret & Sam Snead
1956 United StatesBen Hogan & Sam SneadUnited States Ben HoganWentworth, Surrey, EnglandSouth Africa Bobby Locke & Gary Player
1955 United StatesEd Furgol & Chick HarbertUnited States Ed FurgolWashington, DC, USAAustralia Kel Nagle & Peter Thomson
1954 AustraliaKel Nagle & Peter ThomsonNo awardMontreal, CanadaArgentina Antonio Cerdá & Roberto de Vicenzo
1953 ArgentinaAntonio Cerdá & Roberto De VicenzoNo awardMontreal, CanadaCanada Bill Kerr & Stan Leonard

Performance by nation

The United States has a clear lead in wins, with 24 as of 2011.
TeamChampionsRunners-up
 United States249
 South Africa54
 Spain47
 Australia45
 Canada32
 England26
 Japan24
 Sweden23
 Ireland22
 Wales21
 Germany21
 Scotland16
 Argentina15
 Taiwan12
 Italy11
 New Zealand02
 Zimbabwe02
 Denmark01
 Philippines01

Multiple winners

Seve Ballesteros won the title twice as part of the Spanish team.

Teammates

As part of team

As individual (International Trophy)

References

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