Royal Melbourne to host 2013 World Cup

In a major coup for golf in this country, Royal Melbourne has been confirmed as the host of the 2013 World Cup of Golf.

The 57th Cup will be played from November 21-24, the week after Adam Scott’s highly anticipated defence of his Australian Masters title at the same course.

Royal Melbourne Golf Club Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Credit: Gary Lisbon)

The International Federation of PGA Tours said the event would feature the individual, strokeplay format and a team component similar to that in place for golf’s return to the Rio Olympics in 2016.

This time around the field will include 60 players with eligibility taken from the Official World Golf Ranking, with up to four players qualifying per country depending on ranking.

If two or more players from a country qualify, then the country is eligible for team competition, with the top-two players comprising the qualified team.

One difference between World Cup qualification and 2016 Olympic competition is that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will each be considered separate countries instead of competing as Britain.

“This is a great day for golf and a great day for Australia,” said chief executive of the PGA of Australia Brian Thorburn.

“The addition of the World Cup will complement an already strong swing of tournaments including the Australian PGA, Open and Masters and will significantly boost the international player prospects for these events.”

The World Cup has been played three previous times in Australia, all at Royal Melbourne.

It was last played in Australia in 1988 as part of the country’s Bicentennial celebrations when the United States’ Ben Crenshaw and Mark McCumber defeated Japanese brothers Jumbo and Tateo Ozaki.

The United States leads in World Cup team wins with 24, while Australia holds four World Cup titles, the last coming in 1989 with Wayne Grady and Peter Fowler.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said the World Cup was expected to be beamed to 800 million homes across 200 countries.