2018 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf Preview
Posted on November 19 2018
Twenty-eight teams from countries all over the globe come together for the 59th edition of the World Cup of Golf, held this year at The Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. Each team is comprised of players from the top 28 countries in the World Rankings, with one player from each country being able to choose a countrymen from the top 500 of the rankings. This event was last played in 2016, where the Danish duo of Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen defeated teams from China, France, and the United States. This is a four-round stroke-play tournament, with the first and third rounds played in best-ball format, while the second and fourth rounds consist of alternate shot play.
The Metropolitan Golf Club will host the World Cup for the first time in its storied history. Considered one of the gems within the sandbelt, The Metro has hosted several premier professional and amateur golf events, including several Australian Opens, and the World Golf Championship Match Play Championship in 2000.
Teams to Watch:
Team Australia: Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith combine youth and experience, plus both players are inside the top 40 of the Official World Golf Ranking. If they can gel well as a team, look for them to be contenders in their homeland.
Team England: The recent Ryder Cup stars Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter have been known to thrive in team play. The format is right within their wheelhouse, so it should be easier for them to find a rhythm and play well.