Matt Kuchar, two others commit to World Cup
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Matt Kuchar, Matteo Manassero and Thongchai Jaidee committed on Tuesday to play in the World Cup Nov. 21-24 at Royal Melbourne.
Kuchar is the defending champion of this event after teaming up with Gary Woodland to win in 2011, but it remains to be seen which Americans will join him in the event. Manassero will play for Italy while Jaidee will represent Thailand.
The selection process for the 60-player field will be decided by the Official World Golf Ranking as of Sept. 23, but for the first time, countries with four players inside of the OWGR top 15 will be allowed to send all four participants – only two scores will count for team portion, though – while a country with just one qualifying player can send its lone golfer. This is a selection process similar to what will be used for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Other changes to the World Cup this year include OWGR points being awarded, the expansion to 72 holes of stroke play, and England, Wales and Scotland competing separately.
Only the United States and England have four players inside the top 15. The Americans could possibly feature a lineup of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker while England could send a roster of Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, although only Kuchar has committed at this point.