PGA Tour
PGA & EUROPEAN - Omega Mission Hills World Cup Preview
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DATES: Thursday, November 24th through Sunday, November 27th
SITE: Mission Hills Golf Club (Blackstone Course), Hainan Island, China
COURSE ARCHITECT: Brian Curley (2010)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,511
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 401 Yds10 - Par 4 401 Yds
2 - Par 5 623 Yds11 - Par 3 227 Yds
3 - Par 4 462 Yds12 - Par 5 531 Yds
4 - Par 4 466 Yds13 - Par 5 681 Yds
5 - Par 3 172 Yds14 - Par 4 470 Yds
6 - Par 5 541 Yds15 - Par 3 211 Yds
7 - Par 4 389 Yds16 - Par 4 360 Yds
8 - Par 3 192 Yds17 - Par 4 436 Yds
9 - Par 4 478 Yds18 - Par 4 470 Yds
36 3,724 Yds36 3,717 Yds
Annual:  56th
Television:  Golf Channel - Wednesday/Saturday -- 10:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Italy (last held in 2009)
Runner-Up:  Sweden, Ireland
Tournament Record:  536 (United States, 1994)
Tournament Four-Day Record:  252 (Japan - S.Maruyama/T.Izawa, 2002)
Tournament Record (Individual):  263 (Tiger Woods, 1999)
Lowest Fourball Score:  57 (Argentina, New Zealand, 2000; USA, 2002)
Lowest Foursome Score:  61 (Argentina, 2005)
36-Hole Record:  124 (Argentina, New Zealand, 2000)
54-Hole Record:  186 (USA, 2000; Japan, 2002)
Daily Format:  Thursday - Four-ball Format,
  Friday - Foursomes Format,
  Saturday - Four-ball Format,
  Sunday - Foursomes Format
Total Purse:  $7,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $2,400,000 (per team); 2nd - $1,300,000; 3rd - $750,000;
  4th Place - $430,000; 5th Place - $350,000
2009 Finish
Sweden260South Africa268
England262United States268
Past World Cup Team Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Not Held
2009Italy (Edoardo Molinari/Francesco Molinari) -- Sweden, Ireland
2008Sweden (Robert Karlsson/Henrik Stenson) -- Spain
2007*Scotland (Colin Montgomerie/Marc Warren) -- United States
2006*Germany (Bernhard Langer/Marcel Siem) -- Scotland
2005#Wales (Stephen Dodd/Bradley Dredge) -- England, Sweden
2004England (Luke Donald/Paul Casey) -- Spain
2003South Africa (Rory Sabbatini/Trevor Immelman) -- England
2002Japan (Shigeki Maruyama/Toshi Izawa) -- United States
2001*South Africa (Ernie Els/Retief Goosen) -- Denmark, New Zealand, USA
2000United States (Tiger Woods/David Duval) - Argentina
1999United States (Tiger Woods/Mark O'Meara) -- Spain
1998England (David Carter/Nick Faldo) -- Italy
1997Ireland (Paul McGinley/Padraig Harrington) -- Scotland
1996South Africa (Ernie Els/Wayne Westner) -- United States
1995United States (Fred Couples/Davis Love III) -- Australia
1994United States (Fred Couples/Davis Love III)
1993United States (Fred Couples/Davis Love III) -- Zimbabwe
1992United States (Fred Couples/Davis Love III)
1991Sweden (Anders Forsbrand/Per-Ulrik Johansson)
1990Germany (Bernhard Langer/Torsten Giedeon)
1989Australia (Wayne Grady/Peter Fowler)
1988United States (Ben Crenshaw/Mark McCumber)
1987*Wales (Ian Woosnam/David Llewellyn)
1986Not Held
1985Canada (Dave Barr/Dan Halldorson)
1984Spain (Jose Canizares/Jose Rivero)
1983United States (John Cook/Rex Caldwell)
1982Spain (Jose Canizares/Jose Rivero)
1981Not Held
1980Canada (Jim Nelford/Dan Halldorson)
1979United States (Hale Irwin/John Mahaffey)
1978United States (John Mahaffey/Andy North)
1977Spain (Seve Ballesteros/Antonio Garrido)
1976Spain (Seve Ballesteros/Manuel Pinero)
1975United States (Johnny Miller/Lou Graham)
1974South Africa (Bobby Cole/Dale Hayes)
1973United States (Johnny Miller/Jack Nicklaus)
1972Taiwan (Hsieh Min Nan/Lu Liang Huan)
1971United States (Jack Nicklaus/Lee Trevino)
1970Australia (David Graham/Bruce Devlin)
1969United States (Orville Moody/Lee Trevino)
1968Canada (Al Balding/George Knudson)
1967United States (Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer)
1966United States (Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer)
1965South Africa (Gary Player/Harold Henning)
1964United States (Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer)
1963United States (Jack Nicklaus/Arnold Palmer)
1962United States (Arnold Palmer/Sam Snead)
1961United States (Jimmy Demaret/Sam Snead)
1960United States (Arnold Palmer/Sam Snead)
1959Australia (Del Nagle/Peter Thompson)
1958Ireland (Harry Bradshaw/Christy O'Connor)
1957Japan (Torakichi Nakamura/Koichi Ono)
1956United States (Ben Hogan/Sam Snead)
1955United States (Ed Furgol/Chick Harbert)
1954Australia (Kel Nagle/Peter Thompson)
1953Argentina (Antonio Cerda/Roberto de Vicenzo)

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather Shortened

Past World Cup Individual Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Not Held
2009No Individual Competition - at Mission Hills Golf Club, China
2008No Individual Competition - at Mission Hills Golf Club, China
2007No Individual Competition - at Mission Hills Golf Club, China
2006No Individual Competition - at Sandy Lane Resort, St. James, Barbados
2005No Individual Competition - at Victoria Clube, Vilamoura, Portugal
2004No Individual Competition - at Real Club de Golf, Seville, Spain
2003No Individual Competition - at Kiawah Island, South Carolina
2002No Individual Competition - at Vista Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2001No Individual Competition - at Taiheiyo Club, Gotemba City, Japan
2000No Individual Competition - at Buenos Aires Golf Club, Argentina
1999Tiger Woods (United States) - at Mines Resort, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1998Scott Verplank (United States) - at Gulf Harbour, New Zealand
1997Colin Montgomerie (Scotland) - at Kiawah Island, South Carolina
1996Ernie Els (South Africa) - at Erinvale Golf Club, South Africa
1995*Davis Love III (United States) - at TPC Mission Hills, China
1994Fred Couples (United States) - at Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
1993Bernhard Langer (Germany) - at Lake Nona, Florida
1992Brett Ogle (Australia) - at La Moraleja, Spain
1991Ian Woosnam (Wales) - Le Querce, Rome
1990Payne Stewart (United States) - at Grand Cypress, Florida
1989Peter Fowler (Australia) - at Las Brisas, Spain
1988Ben Crenshaw (United States) - at Royal Melbourne, Australia
1987Ian Woosnam (Wales) - at Kapalua, Hawaii
1986Not Held
1985Howard Clark (England) - at La Quinta, California
1984Jose Canizares (Spain) - at Olgiata, Rome
1983Dave Barr (Canada) - at Pondok Indah, Jakarta
1982Manuel Pinero (Spain) - at Piere Marques, Acapulco
1981Not Held
1980Sandy Lyle (Scotland) - at El Rimcon, Bogota
1979Hale Irwin (United States) - at Glyfada, Greece
1978John Mahaffey (United States) - at Princeville, Hawaii
1977Gary Player (South Africa) - at Wack Wack, Manila
1976Ernesto Acosta (Mexico) - at Palm Springs, California
1975Johnny Miller (United States) - at Navatanee, Bangkok
1974Bobby Cole (South Africa) - at Caravas, Venezuela
1973Johnny Miller (United States) - at Neuva Andalucia, Spain
1972Hsieh Min-Nan (China) - at Royal Melbourne, Australia
1971Jack Nicklaus (United States) - at Palm Beach, Florida
1970Roberto de Vicenzo (Argentina) - at Jockey Club, Buenos Aires
1969Lee Trevino (United States) - at Singapore Island
1968Al Balding (Canada) - at Olgiata, Rome
1967Arnold Palmer (United States) - at Club de Golf, Mexico City
1966George Knudson (Canada) - at Yomiuri, Tokyo
1965Gary Player (South Africa) - at Club de Campo, Madrid
1964Jack Nicklaus (United States) - at Kasnapali, Hawaii
1963Jack Nicklaus (United States) - at St. Nom-la-Bretsche, Paris
1962Roberto de Vicenzo (Argentina) - at Jockey Club, Buenos Aires
1961Sam Snead (United States) - at Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico
1960Flory van Donck (Belgium) - at Portmarnock, Dublin
1959Stan Leonard (Canada) - at Royal Melbourne, Australia
1958Angel Miguel (Spain) - at Club de Golf, Mexico City
1957Torakichi Nakamura (Japan) - at Kasumigaseki, Tokyo
1956Ben Hogan (United States) - at Wentworth Club, Surrey, England
1955Ed Furgol (United States) - at Columbia, Washington
1954Stan Leonard (Canada) - at Laval-sur-Lac, Montreal
1953Antonio Cerda (Argentina) - at Beaconsfield, Montreal

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Previously called Canada Cup (1953-66), Philip Morris World Cup
(1989, 91-92), Kraft General Foods (1990), World Cup of Golf (1993-99), WGC-EMC World Cup (2000-02), WGC-World Cup (2003-06).

Top Players in the Field
AustriaFlorian Praegant and Roland Steiner
AustraliaRichard Green and Brendan Jones
BelgiumNicolas Colsaerts and Jerome Theunis
BrazilAdilson Da Silva and Lucas Lee
ChinaLiang Wen-Chong and Zhang Xin-Jun
ColombiaCamilo Villegas and Manuel Villegas
DenmarkThorbjorn Olesen and Anders Hansen
EnglandIan Poulter and Justin Rose
FranceGregory Bourdy and Raphael Jacquelin
GermanyAlex Cejka and Martin Kaymer
GuatemalaPablo Acuna and Jose Toledo
IrelandGraeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy
ItalyEdoardo Molinari and Francesco Molinari
JapanTetsuji Hiratsuka and Yuta Ikeda
KoreaKim Hyung-Sung and Park Sung-Joon
MexicoJose De Jesus Rodriguez and Oscar Serna
NetherlandsRobert-Jan Derksen and Joost Luiten
New ZealandMichael Hendry and Gareth Paddison
PortugalHugo Santos and Ricardo Santos
ScotlandStephen Gallacher and Martin Laird
SingaporeLam Chih Bing and Mardan Mamat
South AfricaLouis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel
SpainMiguel Angel Jimenez and Alvaro Quiros
SwedenRobert Karlsson and Alexander Noren
ThailandThongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat
United StatesMatt Kuchar and Gary Woodland
WalesRhys Davies and Jamie Donaldson
ZimbabweBrendon De Jonge and Bruce McDonald

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Ireland
Darkhorse - Netherlands
Last Week's Pick to Win (United States) - Won The Presidents Cup
Last Week's Darkhorse (NA) - NA
This tournament consists of two-man teams representing 28 different countries, featuring the top 18 available players from the Official World Golf Ranking as of July 18, 2011 who are native-born citizens of 18 different countries. The 18 players select a player of their choosing from the same country who is ranked within the top-100 on the Official World Golf Ranking. Where there is no other player from that country ranked in the top 100, the exempt player's partner was deemed to be the next highest-ranked available player from that country outside of the top 100. Nine countries from the World Qualifiers completed the field of 28 countries, which includes the host nation, China.

Sixteen players who are ranked in the top-50 of the latest world rankings are competing - Rory McIlroy (2), Martin Kaymer (4), Matt Kuchar (10), Charl Schwartzel (13), Graeme McDowell (14), Justin Rose (16), Ian Poulter (25), Robert Karlsson (28), Anders Hansen (31), Louis Oosthuizen (37), Francesco Molinari (39), Miguel Angel Jimenez (40), Martin Laird (42), Alvaro Quiros (47) and Gary Woodland (48).

The most formidable duos are the Irish team of McIlroy and McDowell and the English pair of Justin Rose and Ian Poulter. The United States team will be represented by Kuchar and Woodland. McIlroy and McDowell have claimed the last two U.S. Open Championships.

In 2009, The Italian brother combination of Edoardo and Francesco Molinari fired rounds of 64-66-61-68 to win. The Molinari brothers finished at 29-under-par 259 to become the first Italian team to win this event. Ireland and Sweden shared second place.

In 2008, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson teamed to fire a nine-under 63 in the final round to run away with the title. Sweden completed the event at 27-under-par 261 for the first win for the country since 1991. The Swedes posted the 63 in foursomes or alternate-shot format. It was easily the low round of the day.

In 2007, the Scottish pair of Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren only needed a par on the third playoff hole to defeat the American duo of Heath Slocum and Boo Weekley. Montgomerie and Warren teamed for a six-under 66 in the final round, while the United States posted a five-under 67. The two countries finished regulation at 25-under-par 263 at the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills Golf Club in China. The victory in 2007 was Scotland's first-ever in the history of this event.

In 2006, the German pair of Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem needed only a par on the first playoff hole to defeat the Scottish duo of Montgomerie and Warren. Langer and Siem teamed for a five-under 66 in the final round, while Scotland posted a two-under-par 69. The two countries finished regulation at 16-under-par 268 at the Country Club Course at Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados. The victory was Germany's first win at this event since 1990. Langer successfully paired with Torsten Giedeon that year to visit the winner's circle. Langer was also the individual champion of the World Cup in 1993.

This tournament has been a forerunner in the development of the game on a global basis since its birth in 1953. The event has a distinguished list of champions, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Langer, Ernie Els, Montgomerie, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Payne Stewart, Nick Faldo and Roberto De Vicenzo.

Next week, the PGA Tour moves to Thousand Oaks, California for the Chevron World Challenge, where McDowell captured the 2010 title. The PGA Tour will also be in La Quinta, California for the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, where Billy Mayfair won last year. The European Tour travels to Hong Kong next week for the UBS Hong Kong Open, where Poulter will defend his title.

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As of November 22, 2011, at 06:10 PM ET