World Cup team event to be held biennially

Edoardo Molinari, right, and Francesco Molinari of Italy celebrate after winning the 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

The Omega Mission Hills World Cup will become a biennial event in 2011, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced.

In addition, with hopes of attracting a better field, the prize money for the 28-team competition will increase from $5.5 million to $7.5 million. When it returns in 2011, the World Cup will be contested Nov. 24-27 at a new venue, the Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Resort on Hainan Island China.

By playing the event in alternate years, the World Cup is following the scheduling of many other Olympic sports, which stage their competition in years when the Olympics aren’t held. The International Olympic Committee decided last year to re-introduce golf in the Summer Games beginning in 2016.

While the Olympic golf tournament will be staged as an individual competition, the team format for the World Cup remains unchanged. Founded in 1953, the contest retains its status as the oldest international team event in professional golf.

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