Kingston Heath to host 2016 World Cup

It seems nothing can keep Jason Day away from Australia in 2016.

The US PGA winner is already guaranteed a berth in the biggest event that will be played in Australia later this year, the World Cup of Golf, which is heading for Melbourne’s iconic Kingston Heath layout for the first time.

Jason Day and Adam Scott Jason Day and Adam Scott, winners of the 2013 World Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Day, the defending individual champion, is already guaranteed a spot on the Australian team as the top-ranked player for Australia.

That means the popular Queenslander can choose his own partner for the event, which will reverting to its traditional focus on team play when it returns to Australia for just the fifth time.

“It’s great that the World Cup of Golf is going to Kingston Heath,” said Day.

“The course has tremendous tradition and it is one of the reasons Melbourne’s sandbelt is considered home to several of the world’s great golf courses.”

Australia previously staged the event in 1959, 1972, 1988 and 2013.

And even though he won the last World Cup, Day went home with the lion’s share of the loot when he won the individual section of the event, leaving the team event, won by Day and Adam Scott as seemingly the support act.

This year there will be no individual event, only two-man teams from each of the 28 nations playing four rounds of best ball and alternate shot formats.

The World Cup has long been regarded as one of the biggest events outside of the major championships, boasting a list of winners including the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Fred Couples and Tiger Woods.

This year will the 58th edition of the Cup.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, in announcing the move, said the Tour was thrilled that a course with the reputation and standing such as Kingston Heath would serve as the tournament’s host venue in 2016.

‘Fans in the sandbelt region of Australia are some of the best in the world and our players consider themselves extremely fortunate every time they are able to play in an event of this stature in the Melbourne area,” he said.