Kuchar picks Woodland for World Cup partner

Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland will team up for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup of Golf.
Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland will team up for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup of Golf. ( Associated Press )

Monday, August 22, 2011

Matt Kuchar has picked Gary Woodland for his Omega Mission Hills World Cup of Golf partner, Golfweek has learned.

The World Cup, a biennial event that matches two-man teams based on the Official World Golf Ranking, will be played Nov. 24-27 at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China. The format will be 72 holes of stroke play, with fourballs for the first and third rounds and foursomes for the second and fourth rounds.

Kuchar was the highest-ranked American who had expressed interest in playing. Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson had declined invitations. Kuchar had his choice of a playing partner.

Kuchar is No. 12 in the OWGR, and Woodland is No. 38.

Italian brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari won the World Cup in 2009, the most recent World Cup before the tournament adopted a biennial schedule. The last American winners were David Duval and Tiger Woods, in 2000.

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