Report: Olympic spirit will alter World Cup

Gary Woodland celebrates his putt on the 13th hole with playing partner Matt Kuchar during Day 4 foursomes at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

Gary Woodland celebrates his putt on the 13th hole with playing partner Matt Kuchar during Day 4 foursomes at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

Golf's World Cup is getting a makeover.

The format to the two-man event will change in 2013 to mirror the competition at the 2016 Olympics, which will feature the return of golf to the Games after a more than 100-year absence, World Cup organizers told Reuters.

Points from the Official World Golf Ranking also will be awarded, and an individual trophy will be given for the first time since 1999, when the United States' Tiger Woods won in Malaysia.

Ken Chu, chairman and chief executive officer of Mission Hills Golf Club, the course in Shenzhen, China, that hosts the event, confirmed the changes.

"The World Cup will change format, and it will begin enjoying world-rankings points, and it will still be held biennially and at around this time of year," he told Reuters. "But with golf to be in the 2016 Olympics the equation in golf changes, and these changes to the World Cup will be having the Olympics in mind."

Chu and his younger brother Tenniel, Mission Hills' vice chairman, met last week at Haikou with the Federation of Golf Tours heads, including PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and his European Tour counterpart, George O'Grady.

The American team of Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland won last week's World Cup, defeating teams from 27 other nations.

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