World Cup (men's golf)

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 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.


ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf
2016  Denmark Søren Kjeldsen & Thorbjørn Olesen None Melbourne, Australia China Li Haotong & Wu Ashun
France Victor Dubuisson & Romain Langasque
United States Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker
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 StatesMatt Kuchar & Gary Woodland None Haikou, Hainan Island, ChinaEngland Ian Poulter & Justin Rose
Germany Martin Kaymer & Alex Čejka
2009 ItalyEdoardo Molinari & Francesco Molinari Shenzhen, China Sweden 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
2006 GermanyBernhard Langer & Marcel Siem NoneSandy 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, United StatesEngland 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
1999 United StatesMark O'Meara & Tiger WoodsUnited States Tiger WoodsKuala Lumpur, MalaysiaSpain Santiago Luna & Miguel Ángel Martín
1998 EnglandDavid Carter & Nick FaldoUnited States Scott VerplankAuckland, New ZealandItaly Massimo Florioli & Costantino Rocca
1997 IrelandPádraig Harrington & Paul McGinleyScotland Colin MontgomerieKiawah Island, South Carolina, United StatesScotland 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, United StatesZimbabwe Mark McNulty & Nick Price
World Cup
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, United StatesEngland 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, United StatesScotland Sandy Lyle & Sam Torrance
1986No tournament
1985 CanadaDave Barr & Dan HalldorsonEngland Howard ClarkLa Quinta, California, United StatesEngland 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, United StatesAustralia Wayne Grady & Greg Norman
1977 SpainSeve Ballesteros & Antonio GarridoSouth Africa Gary PlayerManila, PhilippinesPhilippines Ben Arda & Rudy Lavares
1976 SpainSeve Ballesteros & Manuel PiñeroMexico Ernesto AcostaPalm Springs, California, United StatesUnited 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 Republic of ChinaHsieh Min-Nan & Lu Liang-HuanTaiwan Hsieh Min-NanMelbourne, AustraliaJapan Takaaki Kono & Takashi Murakami
1971 United StatesJack Nicklaus & Lee TrevinoUnited States Jack NicklausPalm Beach, Florida, United StatesSouth 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 & Walter Godfrey
Canada Cup
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, United StatesArgentina 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, United StatesAustralia 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

Team Champions Runners-up
 United States 24 11
 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
 Denmark 1 1
 Italy 1 1
 New Zealand 0 2
 Zimbabwe 0 2
 China 0 1
 France 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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  2. Jimenez, Tony (15 March 2010). "Golf-Record purse of $7.5 million for new biennial World Cup". Reuters. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  3. "Omega Mission Hills World Cup to Become Biennial Event" (Press release). Asian Tour. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  4. "US wins golf World Cup". ABC News. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  5. "World Cup of Golf Moves to Australia". PGA Tour. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
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