Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Golf World Cup Explained: Preview

There are 28 countries vying for Golf World Cup and the event has had a revamp. It is now scheduled to be played at the Mission Hills Golf Club in China for the next 10 years and the directors will be looking to establish the tournament as one of Asia's top sporting events each year. With most of the worlds top golfers missing it will lack some of the interest, but it should be worth watching anyway.

Eligibility (taken from pgatour.com):
The leading 18 available players, each native born citizens of different countries, from the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday 3rd September 2007 qualified.

These 18 players selected a player of their choosing from the same country, provided such player was ranked within the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of 3rd September 2007.

Ten countries from the World Qualifiers held between 27th – 30th September 2007, completed the field of 28 nations - five from the Asian qualifier, and five from the Aruba qualifier.

The Championship is a 72-hole stroke play team event with each team comprising of two players. The first and third days are fourball (best ball) play and the second and final days are foursomes play. A total of 28 teams, each one of different nationality, are competing in the 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

My tip
Spain was going to be my tip to take home the world cup, but Jose Maria Olazabal, who designed the course, has pulled out due to rheumatism. I am now tipping South Africa to take home the cup, with my outside tip being Thailand.

Be sure to tell me what you think - leave a comment.


Tees Betting Swinger said...

I would go for South Africa too. I just think they have what it takes to win the World Cup. However Scotland and Wales have both satrted well and gone close in recent years! Should be a good one.

Tom said...

Thanks for the comment. Scotland and Wales did have a very good first day and Germany also surprised me. I will be interested in how todays play pans out!