Ryan Fox has been confirmed as the first half of New Zealand’s team set to take on the world at the ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf this November.
Fox, after another impressive season abroad that included a start in the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills, was an automatic selection as the highest-ranked Kiwi golfer.
He is expected to call on US PGA Tour star Danny Lee to partner him in Melbourne later this year.
The 2018 edition will be contested at The Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne from November 21-25, 2018. The 59thstaging of the event will see the 56-player field vie for the largest prizemoney purse in Australian golf, with $US7 million on offer.
Two teams have been confirmed already, with host nation Australia to be led by Marc Leishman and debutant Cameron Smith, while two-time PGA Tour winner Kyle Stanley has committed with seven-time PGA Tour champion Matt Kuchar for the United States. Kuchar was a member of the victorious US team in the 2011 World Cup of Golf, when he paired with Gary Woodland to win their country’s 24thWorld Cup of Golf title.
Defending champions Denmark return, with Thorbjørn Olesen a committed starter. Olesen partnered with Soren Kjeldsen to capture a four-shot win in 2016 and has until next Thursday to confirm his playing partner for a title defence in 2018.
Spots in the World Cup of Golf field go to the highest ranked available players from the top 28 nations and with Australia’s ranking leader Jason Day (world No.11) unavailable due to the impending birth of a third child, Leishman (No.22) takes up the captains’ spot.
The committed player list from each of the top 28 countries has been confirmed with each player having until 5pm USA eastern time on Thursday, September 20 to choose his partner for Melbourne.
Leishman and South Africa’s Branden Grace are among a group of five players who competed on the International Team at the 2017 Presidents Cup. Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, Canada’s Adam Hadwin and Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas round out the list.
Other notable committed players include two-time Major champion and former world No.1 Martin Kaymer as well as World Golf Championships winner Shane Lowry.
ISPA HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf
Committed Player list as of Friday, September 14 2018
|1.||Australia||Marc Leishman / Cameron Smith|
|3.||United States||Kyle Stanley / Matt Kuchar|
|5.||South Africa||Branden Grace|
|8.||Korea||Byeong Hun An|
|15.||New Zealand||Ryan Fox|
|28.||Malaysia||Gavin Kyle Green|
Zimbabwe and Malaysia have been elevated into the field after Chinese Taipei’s C.T. Pan and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann elected not to commit and their next highest-ranked players being lower in the rankings than Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent and Malaysia’s Gavin Kyle Green.
The 72-hole stroke play team format will feature Four-ball (best ball) play in the first and third rounds and Foursomes (alternate shot) play in the second and final rounds.
Tickets are now on sale and ticket options range from Wednesday practice round tickets starting at $16, single-day competitive round tickets starting at $24 and tickets to the upgraded MacKenzie Club (Thurs-Sun) starting at $80. Weekly tickets are also available for $96, with a MacKenzie Club option priced at $295. Fans are encouraged to secure their tickets early in order to save.
Three and five-night Melbourne World Cup of Golf tournament travel packages are also available, including accommodation, tickets, souvenir merchandise and coaches to transport you to the event in comfort and style. Fans can also extend their stay in Melbourne and explore further afield with the flexibility to drive, chip and putt to their heart’s content.
Ticket buyers are reminded that youth under the age of 16 are admitted to the event free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. To purchase tickets or find more information on ticket options, fans can log on to www.WorldCupofGolf.com.