GLOBAL GOLF RE­TURNS TO MEL­BOURNE

The World Cup of Golf re­turns to the famed Mel­bourne Sand­belt as the top in­ter­na­tional play­ers com­pete for na­tional pride and glory.

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The World Cup of Golf will be played later this year at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan - one the famed Mel­bourne Sand­belt cour­ses.

Mel­bourne has a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the world’s great­est sport­ing cities, and Victorians as some of the most en­thu­si­as­tic sports au­di­ences on the planet. It’s a well-earned rep­u­ta­tion, with sports fans flock­ing to the city for events as di­verse as the Aus­tralian Open ten­nis, For­mula 1 Grand Prix and the Mel­bourne Cup Car­ni­val

The World Cup of Golf is yet an­other fea­ture on the sports cal­en­dar in Vic­to­ria, and the 2018 event will be played from 21st to 25th Novem­ber at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Golf Club in Mel­bourne. This year’s event will be the 59th edi­tion, and it presents a golden op­por­tu­nity for golf fans to see some of the best play­ers from around the globe com­pete for the glory of their coun­try and the ti­tle of World Cup Cham­pi­ons.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Golf Club is lo­cated on the Mel­bourne Sand­belt, along with sev­eral other ma­jor championship cour­ses which are reg­u­larly listed among the world's best. Th­ese in­clude Royal Mel­bourne Golf Club, Vic­to­ria Golf Club and Kingston Heath Golf Club.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan shares a com­mon ori­gin with The Royal Mel­bourne Golf Club in 1891; Royal Mel­bourne was then re­lo­cated closer to Port Phillip Bay, and in 1908 Met­ro­pol­i­tan was es­tab­lished on land pur­chased near Oak­leigh. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Golf Club con­sis­tently en­joys a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best-con­di­tioned and most beau­ti­ful cour­ses in the coun­try. Top ranked play­ers have com­pared the con­di­tion of the course to Au­gusta Na­tional - the bent­grass greens are large, firm and fast and are hand mown right to the edge of the green­side bunkers. In to­tal there are 96 bunkers on the course and al­most ev­ery hole is flanked by huge stands of Aus­tralian na­tive trees which pro­vide sanc­tu­ary to many species of na­tive birds. The Met­ro­pol­i­tan’s rich tour­na­ment his­tory in­cludes the World Golf Cham­pi­onships, Men’s Aus­tralian Open, Aus­tralian PGA Championship, Women’s Aus­tralian Open and the Aus­tralian Masters. ‘Metro’ is the third-con­sec­u­tive venue lo­cated in the Sand­belt re­gion to host the World Cup of Golf.

This is a unique event – a 72-hole stroke-play fea­tur­ing 28, two-per­son teams made up of the top play­ers in the world. The first and third days of com­pe­ti­tion are four-ball (best ball) for­mat and the sec­ond and fi­nal days are four­somes (al­ter­nate shot) play. In 2016 at Kingston Heath, the World Cup of Golf boasted one of its strong­est fields to date, with 17 of the top 50 play­ers in the Of­fi­cial World Golf Rank­ing on hand. With around US 7 mil­lion dol­lars in prize money at stake, and an­other stel­lar venue host­ing the event, a strong field in­clud­ing the world’s best golfers will be com­pet­ing in Novem­ber.

The top ranked player for each coun­try may pick any player from the same coun­try within the top 500 on the Of­fi­cial Golf World Rank­ings. As we go to print those names are still to be con­firmed but look to in­clude Dustin John­son, Justin Rose, John Rahm, Francesco Moli­nari, Rory McIl­roy and many oth­ers, along with their se­lec­tions for their play­ing part­ners. New Zealand’s Ryan Fox is set to com­pete along­side an­other New Zealan­der, likely to be Danny Lee or Michael Hendry.

The unique for­mat of this event means that play­ers will not be cut af­ter two rounds, so spec­ta­tors will see top golfers in ac­tion on any or all of the four days of com­pe­ti­tion. Ri­valry be­tween com­pet­ing na­tions is some­thing golfers do not ex­pe­ri­ence reg­u­larly, and this presents a great op­por­tu­nity for golf fans to support their coun­try, en­joy the at­mos­phere, and get up close to their favourite play­ers. Met­ro­pol­i­tan is just 7km from cen­tral Mel­bourne by train or car, mak­ing the event eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and cost ef­fec­tive for vis­i­tors to the city. Mak­ing time to ex­pe­ri­ence the other ex­cep­tional Sand­belt cour­ses in the area, and of course tak­ing in the other sights in and around this vi­brant city, in­clud­ing cul­tural at­trac­tions, food and wine, the in­cred­i­ble shop­ping and the city’s fa­mous laneways will make for a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Golf Club in Mel­bourne.

Danny Lee and Ryan Fox dur­ing the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in 2016 in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

Soren Kjeld­sen and Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen of Den­mark pose with the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the the World Cup of Golf at Kingston Heath Golf Club in, 2016 in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

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