World Cup (men's golf)

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The ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf 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 equivalent event for women was the Women's World Cup of Golf, played from 2005 to 2008.


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.[1] 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 1970s, but interest in the event faded to the point that the event was not held in 1981 or 1986.

The tournament 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.

From 2007 through 2009 the tournament was held at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, receiving the name Mission Hills World Cup. There was no tournament in 2010, it having been 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.[2] The 2011 tournament was at a new venue — Mission Hills Haikou in the Chinese island province of Hainan.[3]

The United States has a clear lead in wins, with 24 as of 2013.[4]


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 became alternating stroke play rounds of bestball (fourball) and alternate shot (foursomes).

The 2013 tournament was primarily an individual event with a team component. The 60-player field was selected based on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) with up to two players per country allowed to qualify (four per country if they are with in the top 15 of the OWGR). The format returned to 72 holes of stroke play, with the individuals competing for US$7 million of the $8 million total purse. OWGR points were awarded for the first time. The top two-ranked players from each country competed for the team portion, using combined stroke play scores.[5] The individual portion was similar to what will be used at the 2016 Summer Olympics, except that England, Scotland, and Wales had teams instead of a single Great Britain team in the Olympics.[6][7]

From 1955 to 1999, there was also a separate award, the International Trophy, for the individual with the best 72-hole score.


Year Country Team Individual Location Runners-up
ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf
2016 None Melbourne, Australia
2013  Australia Jason Day & Adam Scott Australia Jason Day Melbourne, Australia United States Matt Kuchar & Kevin Streelman
Omega Mission Hills World Cup[8]
2011  United States Matt Kuchar & Gary Woodland None Haikou, Hainan Island, China England Ian Poulter & Justin Rose
Germany Martin Kaymer & Alex Čejka
2009  Italy Edoardo Molinari & Francesco Molinari Shenzhen, China Sweden Henrik Stenson & Robert Karlsson
Republic of Ireland Rory McIlroy & Graeme McDowell
2008  Sweden Robert Karlsson & Henrik Stenson Shenzhen, China Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez & Pablo Larrazábal
2007  Scotland Colin Montgomerie & Marc Warren Shenzhen, China United States Heath Slocum & Boo Weekley
WGC-World Cup
2006  Germany Bernhard Langer & Marcel Siem None Sandy Lane Resort, Barbados Scotland Colin Montgomerie & Marc Warren
2005  Wales Stephen Dodd & Bradley Dredge Algarve, Portugal England Luke Donald & David Howell
Sweden Niclas Fasth & Henrik Stenson
2004  England Paul Casey & Luke Donald Seville, Spain Spain Sergio García & Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2003  South Africa Trevor Immelman & Rory Sabbatini Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA England Paul Casey & Justin Rose
2002  Japan Toshimitsu Izawa & Shigeki Maruyama Puerto Vallarta, Mexico United States Phil Mickelson & David Toms
2001  South Africa Ernie Els & Retief Goosen Gotemba, Japan Denmark Thomas Bjørn & Søren Hansen
New Zealand Michael Campbell & David Smail
United States David Duval & Tiger Woods
2000  United States David Duval & Tiger Woods Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentina Eduardo Romero and Ángel Cabrera
World Cup of Golf
1999  United States Mark O'Meara & Tiger Woods United States Tiger Woods Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Spain Santiago Luna & Miguel Ángel Martín
1998  England David Carter & Nick Faldo United States Scott Verplank Auckland, New Zealand Italy Massimo Florioli & Costantino Rocca
1997  Ireland Pádraig Harrington & Paul McGinley Scotland Colin Montgomerie Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA Scotland Colin Montgomerie & Raymond Russell
1996  South Africa Ernie Els & Wayne Westner South Africa Ernie Els Cape Town, South Africa United States Steve Jones & Tom Lehman
1995  United States Fred Couples & Davis Love III United States Davis Love III Shenzhen, China Australia Robert Allenby & Steve Elkington
1994  United States Fred Couples & Davis Love III United States Fred Couples Dorado, Puerto Rico Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone & Mark McNulty
1993  United States Fred Couples & Davis Love III Germany Bernhard Langer Orlando, Florida, USA Zimbabwe Mark McNulty & Nick Price
World Cup
1992  United States Fred Couples & Davis Love III Australia Brett Ogle Madrid, Spain Sweden Anders Forsbrand & Per-Ulrik Johansson
1991  Sweden Anders Forsbrand & Per-Ulrik Johansson Wales Ian Woosnam Rome, Italy Wales Phillip Price & Ian Woosnam
1990  Germany Torsten Giedeon & Bernhard Langer United States Payne Stewart Orlando, Florida, USA England Richard Boxall & Mark James
Republic of Ireland David Feherty & Ronan Rafferty
1989  Australia Peter Fowler & Wayne Grady Australia Peter Fowler Marbella, Spain Spain José Maria Cañizares & José María Olazábal
1988  United States Ben Crenshaw & Mark McCumber United States Ben Crenshaw Melbourne, Australia Japan Masashi Ozaki & Tateo Ozaki
1987  Wales David Llewellyn & Ian Woosnam Wales Ian Woosnam Maui, Hawaii, USA Scotland Sandy Lyle & Sam Torrance
1986 No tournament
1985  Canada Dave Barr & Dan Halldorson England Howard Clark La Quinta, California, USA England Howard Clark & Paul Way
1984  Spain José Maria Cañizares & José Rivero Spain José Maria Cañizares Rome, Italy Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr & Sam Torrance
Taiwan Hsieh Min-Nan & Chen Tze-Chung
1983  United States Rex Caldwell & John Cook Canada Dave Barr Jakarta, Indonesia Australia Terry Gale & Wayne Grady
Canada Jerry Anderson & Dave Barr
1982  Spain José Maria Cañizares & Manuel Piñero Spain Manuel Piñero Acapulco, Mexico United States Bobby Clampett & Bob Gilder
1981 No tournament
1980  Canada Dan Halldorson & Jim Nelford Scotland Sandy Lyle Bogotá, Colombia Scotland Sandy Lyle & Steve Martin
1979  United States Hale Irwin & John Mahaffey United States Hale Irwin Athens, Greece Scotland Sandy Lyle & Ken Brown
1978  United States John Mahaffey & Andy North United States John Mahaffey Hanalei, Hawaii, USA Australia Wayne Grady & Greg Norman
1977  Spain Seve Ballesteros & Antonio Garrido South Africa Gary Player Manila, Philippines Philippines Ben Arda & Rudy Lavares
1976  Spain Seve Ballesteros & Manuel Piñero Mexico Ernesto Perez Acosta Palm Springs, California, USA United States Jerry Pate & Dave Stockton
1975  United States Lou Graham & Johnny Miller United States Johnny Miller Bangkok, Thailand Taiwan Hsieh Min-Nan & Kuo Chie-Hsiung
1974  South Africa Bobby Cole & Dale Hayes South Africa Bobby Cole Caracas, Venezuela Japan Isao Aoki & Masashi Ozaki
1973  United States Johnny Miller & Jack Nicklaus United States Johnny Miller Marbella, Spain South Africa Hugh Baiocchi & Gary Player
1972  Taiwan Hsieh Min-Nan & Lu Liang-Huan Taiwan Hsieh Min-Nan Melbourne, Australia Japan Takaaki Kono & Takashi Murakami
1971  United States Jack Nicklaus & Lee Trevino United States Jack Nicklaus Palm Beach, Florida, USA South Africa Harold Henning & Gary Player
1970  Australia Bruce Devlin & David Graham Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo & Vicente Fernández
1969  United States Orville Moody & Lee Trevino United States Lee Trevino Singapore Japan Takaaki Kono & Haruo Yasuda
1968  Canada Al Balding & George Knudson Canada Al Balding Rome, Italy United States Julius Boros & Lee Trevino
1967  United States Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer United States Arnold Palmer Mexico City, Mexico New Zealand Bob Charles & Walter Godfrey
Canada Cup
1966  United States Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer Canada George Knudson Tokyo, Japan South Africa Harold Henning & Gary Player
1965  South Africa Harold Henning & Gary Player South Africa Gary Player Madrid, Spain Spain Ángel Miguel & Ramón Sota
1964  United States Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer United States Jack Nicklaus Maui, Hawaii, USA Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo & Leopoldo Ruiz
1963  United States Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer United States Jack Nicklaus Paris, France Spain Sebastián Miguel & Ramón Sota
1962  United States Arnold Palmer & Sam Snead Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentina Fidel de Luca & Roberto De Vicenzo
1961  United States Jimmy Demaret & Sam Snead United States Sam Snead Dorado, Puerto Rico Australia Kel Nagle & Peter Thomson
1960  United States Arnold Palmer & Sam Snead Belgium Flory Van Donck Portmarnock, Dublin, Ireland England Bernard Hunt & Harry Weetman
1959  Australia Kel Nagle & Peter Thomson Canada Stan Leonard Melbourne, Australia United States Cary Middlecoff & Sam Snead
1958  Ireland Harry Bradshaw & Christy O'Connor Spain Ángel Miguel Mexico City, Mexico Spain Ángel Miguel & Sebastián Miguel
1957  Japan Torakichi Nakamura & Koichi Ono Japan Torakichi Nakamura Tokyo, Japan United States Jimmy Demaret & Sam Snead
1956  United States Ben Hogan & Sam Snead United States Ben Hogan Wentworth, Surrey, England South Africa Bobby Locke & Gary Player
1955  United States Ed Furgol & Chick Harbert United States Ed Furgol Washington, DC, USA Australia Kel Nagle & Peter Thomson
1954  Australia Kel Nagle & Peter Thomson No award Montreal, Canada Argentina Antonio Cerdá & Roberto de Vicenzo
1953  Argentina Antonio Cerdá & Roberto De Vicenzo No award Montreal, Canada Canada Bill Kerr & Stan Leonard

Performance by nation

Team Champions Runners-up
 United States 24 10
 Australia 5 5
 South Africa 5 4
 Spain 4 7
 Canada 3 2
 England 2 6
 Japan 2 4
 Sweden 2 3
 Ireland 2 2
 Wales 2 1
 Germany 2 1
 Scotland 1 6
 Argentina 1 5
 Taiwan 1 2
 Italy 1 1
 New Zealand 0 2
 Zimbabwe 0 2
 Denmark 0 1
 Philippines 0 1

Multiple winners

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


As part of team

As individual (International Trophy)


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