The event will be contested at The Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne from 21-25 November, 2018. The 59th staging of the event will see the 56-player field vie for the largest prize-money purse in Australian golf, with $US7 million on offer.
Leishman and Smith are Australia's second and third highest ranked players behind Jason Day and, compared to some of the other potential teams, Australia are well represented and could conceivably follow the victory of Jason Day and Adam Scott in 2013 with another and therefore win in the event for the 6th occasion.
Leishman teamed with Scott in 2016 when that pair tied for 9th behind the winner's Denmark.
Another partnership was also made official, with two-time PGA TOUR winner Kyle Stanley, the committed player from the United States, selecting seven-time PGA TOUR champion Matt Kuchar. Kuchar was a member of the victorious United States team in the 2011 World Cup of Golf, when he paired with Gary Woodland to win their country’s 24th World Cup of Golf title.
Defending World Cup of Golf champions Denmark return, with Thorbjørn Olesen a committed starter. Olesen partnered with Soren Kjeldsen to capture a four-shot win in 2016 and has until next Thursday to confirm his playing partner for a title defense in 2018.
Leishman and South Africa’s Branden Grace are among a group of five players who competed on the International Team at the 2017 Presidents Cup. Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, Canada’s Adam Hadwin and Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas round out the list.
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