The 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 name to the World Cup in 1967.With Fred Corcoran as the Tournament Director and the International Golf Association behind it (1955–1977), 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.The 2011 tournament was at a new venue — Mission Hills Haikou in the Chinese island province of Hainan.
The United States has a clear lead in wins, with 24 as of 2018.
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 within 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.The individual portion was similar to what would be used at the 2016 Summer Olympics, except that England, Scotland, and Wales had teams instead of a single Great Britain team as in the Olympics, while Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland again played as a single team.
In 2016, the format reverted to that used from 2000 to 2011.
From 1955 to 1999, there was also a separate award, the International Trophy, for the individual with the best 72-hole score.
|ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf|
|2018||Belgium||Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters||Melbourne, Australia|| Australia – Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith |
Mexico – Abraham Ancer and Roberto Díaz
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|2016||Denmark||Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen||Melbourne, Australia|| China – Li Haotong and Wu Ashun |
France – Victor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque
United States – Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker
|2013||Australia||Jason Day and Adam Scott||Melbourne, Australia||United States – Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman|
|Omega Mission Hills World Cup|
|2011||United States||Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland||Haikou, Hainan Island, China|| England – Ian Poulter and Justin Rose |
Germany – Martin Kaymer and Alex Čejka
|2009||Italy||Edoardo Molinari and Francesco Molinari||Shenzhen, China|| Sweden – Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson |
Ireland 1 – Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell
|2008||Sweden||Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson||Shenzhen, China||Spain – Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Pablo Larrazábal|
|2007||Scotland||Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren||Shenzhen, China||United States – Heath Slocum and Boo Weekley|
|2006||Germany||Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem||Sandy Lane Resort, Barbados||Scotland – Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren|
|2005||Wales||Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge||Algarve, Portugal|| England – Luke Donald and David Howell |
Sweden – Niclas Fasth and Henrik Stenson
|2004||England||Paul Casey and Luke Donald||Seville, Spain||Spain – Sergio García and Miguel Ángel Jiménez|
|2003||South Africa||Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini||Kiawah Island, South Carolina, United States||England – Paul Casey and Justin Rose|
|2002||Japan||Toshimitsu Izawa and Shigeki Maruyama||Puerto Vallarta, Mexico||United States – Phil Mickelson and David Toms|
|2001||South Africa||Ernie Els and Retief Goosen||Gotemba, Japan|| Denmark – Thomas Bjørn and Søren Hansen |
New Zealand – Michael Campbell and David Smail
United States – David Duval and Tiger Woods
|2000||United States||David Duval and Tiger Woods||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina – Eduardo Romero and Ángel Cabrera|
|World Cup of Golf|
|1999||United States||Mark O'Meara and Tiger Woods||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Spain – Santiago Luna and Miguel Ángel Martín|
|1998||England||David Carter and Nick Faldo||Auckland, New Zealand||Italy – Massimo Florioli and Costantino Rocca|
|1997||Ireland||Pádraig Harrington and Paul McGinley||Kiawah Island, South Carolina, United States||Scotland – Colin Montgomerie and Raymond Russell|
|1996||South Africa||Ernie Els and Wayne Westner||Cape Town, South Africa||United States – Steve Jones and Tom Lehman|
|1995||United States||Fred Couples and Davis Love III||Shenzhen, China||Australia – Robert Allenby and Steve Elkington|
|1994||United States||Fred Couples and Davis Love III||Dorado, Puerto Rico||Zimbabwe – Tony Johnstone and Mark McNulty|
|1993||United States||Fred Couples and Davis Love III||Orlando, Florida, United States||Zimbabwe – Mark McNulty and Nick Price|
|1992||United States||Fred Couples and Davis Love III||Madrid, Spain||Sweden – Anders Forsbrand and Per-Ulrik Johansson|
|1991||Sweden||Anders Forsbrand and Per-Ulrik Johansson||Rome, Italy||Wales – Phillip Price and Ian Woosnam|
|1990||Germany||Torsten Giedeon and Bernhard Langer||Orlando, Florida, United States|| England – Richard Boxall and Mark James |
Ireland – David Feherty and Ronan Rafferty
|1989||Australia||Peter Fowler and Wayne Grady||Marbella, Spain||Spain – José María Cañizares and José María Olazábal|
|1988||United States||Ben Crenshaw and Mark McCumber||Melbourne, Australia||Japan – Masashi Ozaki and Tateo Ozaki|
|1987||Wales||David Llewellyn and Ian Woosnam||Maui, Hawaii, United States||Scotland – Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance|
|1985||Canada||Dave Barr and Dan Halldorson||La Quinta, California, United States||England – Howard Clark and Paul Way|
|1984||Spain||José María Cañizares and José Rivero||Rome, Italy|| Scotland – Gordon Brand Jnr and Sam Torrance |
Taiwan – Hsieh Min-Nan and Chen Tze-chung
|1983||United States||Rex Caldwell and John Cook||Jakarta, Indonesia|| Australia – Terry Gale and Wayne Grady |
Canada – Jerry Anderson and Dave Barr
|1982||Spain||José María Cañizares and Manuel Piñero||Acapulco, Mexico||United States – Bobby Clampett and Bob Gilder|
|1980||Canada||Dan Halldorson and Jim Nelford||Bogotá, Colombia||Scotland – Sandy Lyle and Steve Martin|
|1979||United States||Hale Irwin and John Mahaffey||Athens, Greece||Scotland – Sandy Lyle and Ken Brown|
|1978||United States||John Mahaffey and Andy North||Hanalei, Hawaii, United States||Australia – Wayne Grady and Greg Norman|
|1977||Spain||Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido||Manila, Philippines||Philippines – Ben Arda and Rudy Lavares|
|1976||Spain||Seve Ballesteros and Manuel Piñero||Palm Springs, California, United States||United States – Jerry Pate and Dave Stockton|
|1975||United States||Lou Graham and Johnny Miller||Bangkok, Thailand||Taiwan – Hsieh Min-Nan and Kuo Chie-Hsiung|
|1974||South Africa||Bobby Cole and Dale Hayes||Caracas, Venezuela||Japan – Isao Aoki and Masashi Ozaki|
|1973||United States||Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus||Marbella, Spain||South Africa – Hugh Baiocchi and Gary Player|
|1972||Republic of China||Hsieh Min-Nan and Lu Liang-Huan||Melbourne, Australia||Japan – Takaaki Kono and Takashi Murakami|
|1971||United States||Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino||Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States||South Africa – Harold Henning and Gary Player|
|1970||Australia||Bruce Devlin and David Graham||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina – Roberto De Vicenzo and Vicente Fernández|
|1969||United States||Orville Moody and Lee Trevino||Singapore||Japan – Takaaki Kono and Haruo Yasuda|
|1968||Canada||Al Balding and George Knudson||Rome, Italy||United States – Julius Boros and Lee Trevino|
|1967||United States||Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer||Mexico City, Mexico||New Zealand – Bob Charles and Walter Godfrey|
|1966||United States||Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer||Tokyo, Japan||South Africa – Harold Henning and Gary Player|
|1965||South Africa||Harold Henning and Gary Player||Madrid, Spain||Spain – Ángel Miguel and Ramón Sota|
|1964||United States||Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer||Maui, Hawaii, United States||Argentina – Roberto De Vicenzo and Leopoldo Ruiz|
|1963||United States||Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer||Paris, France||Spain – Sebastián Miguel and Ramón Sota|
|1962||United States||Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina – Fidel de Luca and Roberto De Vicenzo|
|1961||United States||Jimmy Demaret and Sam Snead||Dorado, Puerto Rico||Australia – Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson|
|1960||United States||Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead||Portmarnock, Dublin, Ireland||England – Bernard Hunt and Harry Weetman|
|1959||Australia||Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson||Melbourne, Australia||United States – Cary Middlecoff and Sam Snead|
|1958||Ireland||Harry Bradshaw and Christy O'Connor Snr||Mexico City, Mexico||Spain – Ángel Miguel and Sebastián Miguel|
|1957||Japan||Torakichi Nakamura and Koichi Ono||Tokyo, Japan||United States – Jimmy Demaret and Sam Snead|
|1956||United States||Ben Hogan and Sam Snead||Wentworth, Surrey, England||South Africa – Bobby Locke and Gary Player|
|1955||United States||Ed Furgol and Chick Harbert||Washington, DC, United States||Australia – Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson|
|1954||Australia||Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson||Montreal, Canada||Argentina – Antonio Cerdá and Roberto De Vicenzo|
|1953||Argentina||Antonio Cerdá and Roberto De Vicenzo||Montreal, Canada||Canada – Bill Kerr and Stan Leonard|
1This was a combined Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland team. They competed under the Republic of Ireland flag although both golfers were from Northern Ireland.
|Year||Winner||Country||Score||To par||Margin of|
|2016–2018: No individual tournament|
|2013||Jason Day||Australia||274||−10||2 strokes||Thomas Bjørn|
|2000–2011: No individual tournament|
|1999||Tiger Woods||United States||263||−21||9 strokes||Frank Nobilo|
|1998||Scott Verplank||United States||279||−9||1 stroke|| Nick Faldo |
|1997||Colin Montgomerie||Scotland||266||−22||2 strokes||Alex Čejka|
|1996||Ernie Els||South Africa||272||−16||3 strokes||Wayne Westner|
|1995||Davis Love III||United States||267||−21||Playoff||Hisayuki Sasaki|
|1994||Fred Couples||United States||265||−23||5 strokes||Costantino Rocca|
|1993||Bernhard Langer||Germany||272||−16||3 strokes||Fred Couples|
|1992||Brett Ogle||Australia||270||−18||Playoff||Ian Woosnam|
|1991||Ian Woosnam||Wales||273||−15||3 strokes||Bernhard Langer|
|1990||Payne Stewart||United States||271||−17||2 strokes||Anders Sørensen|
|1989||Peter Fowler||Australia||137||−7||1 stroke|| José María Cañizares |
|1988||Ben Crenshaw||United States||275||−13||1 stroke||Tateo Ozaki|
|1987||Ian Woosnam||Wales||274||−14||5 strokes||Sandy Lyle|
|1986: No tournament|
|1985||Howard Clark||England||272||−16||5 strokes||Christy O'Connor Jnr|
|1984||José María Cañizares||Spain||205||−11||2 strokes||Gordon Brand Jnr|
|1983||Dave Barr||Canada||276||−12||3 strokes||Rex Caldwell|
|1982||Manuel Piñero||Spain||281||−3||1 stroke|| José María Cañizares |
|1981: No tournament|
|1980||Sandy Lyle||Scotland||282||−6||1 stroke||Bernhard Langer|
|1979||Hale Irwin||United States||285||−3||2 strokes|| Bernhard Langer |
|1978||John Mahaffey||United States||281||−7||2 strokes||Andy North|
|1977||Gary Player||South Africa||289||+1||3 strokes|| Hubert Green |
|1976||Ernesto Perez Acosta||Mexico||282||−6||3 strokes|| Brian Barnes |
|1975||Johnny Miller||United States||275||−13||2 strokes|| Ben Arda |
|1974||Bobby Cole||South Africa||271||−9||5 strokes||Masashi Ozaki|
|1973||Johnny Miller||United States||277||−11||3 strokes||Gary Player|
|1972||Hsieh Min-Nan||Taiwan||217||+1||2 strokes||Takaaki Kono|
|1971||Jack Nicklaus||United States||271||−17||7 strokes||Gary Player|
|1970||Roberto De Vicenzo||Argentina||269||−19||1 stroke||David Graham|
|1969||Lee Trevino||United States||275||−9||1 stroke||Roberto De Vicenzo|
|1968||Al Balding||Canada||274||−14||5 strokes||Roberto Bernardini|
|1967||Arnold Palmer||United States||276||−12||5 strokes|| Bob Charles |
|1966||George Knudson||Canada||272||−16||Playoff||Hideyo Sugimoto|
|1965||Gary Player||South Africa||281||−7||3 strokes||Jack Nicklaus|
|1964||Jack Nicklaus||United States||276||−12||2 strokes||Arnold Palmer|
|1963||Jack Nicklaus||United States||237||−15||5 strokes|| Sebastián Miguel |
|1962||Roberto De Vicenzo||Argentina||276||−4||2 strokes|| Peter Alliss |
|1961||Sam Snead||United States||272||−16||8 strokes||Peter Thomson|
|1960||Flory Van Donck||Belgium||279||−9||2 strokes||Sam Snead|
|1959||Stan Leonard||Canada||275||−5||Playoff||Peter Thomson|
|1958||Ángel Miguel||Spain||286||−2||Playoff||Harry Bradshaw|
|1957||Torakichi Nakamura||Japan||274||−14||7 strokes|| Gary Player |
|1956||Ben Hogan||United States||277||−7||5 strokes||Roberto De Vicenzo|
|1955||Ed Furgol||United States||279||−1||Playoff|| Peter Thomson |
Flory Van Donck
|1953–54: No individual award|
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