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Melbourne Lands Renamed 2018 World Cup of Golf

The par-three second hole at Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne. (Photo: Gary Lisbon)
World-class golf will return to Melbourne in 2018 with the PGA Tour announcing a renamed ‘Melbourne World Cup of Golf’ to be played in November at Metropolitan Golf Club on the famed sandbelt.

“The 59th edition of the World Cup of Golf will return to Melbourne, Australia, with The Metropolitan Golf Club playing host to 28 two-person teams representing their countries, Nov. 21-25, 2018,” the PGA Tour said in a press release.

It will mark the third straight time Melbourne has hosted the World Cup of Golf after Denmark won the 2016 edition at Kingston Heath and Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott were victorious in 2013 at Royal Melbourne.

“Golf in the Sandbelt region speaks for itself, and we appreciate The Metropolitan Golf Club opening its doors for this historic team event,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan.

The 2018 Melbourne World Cup of Golf will carry the same format as 2016 with the highest-ranked player from each competing nation able to choose his playing partner.

Days one and three of competition will be played as four-ball (best ball) and the second and final days will be foursomes (alternate shot) play.

The announcement also ensures 2018 will include three consecutive weeks of marquee events for Australian golf fans with the Emirates Australian Open to be played the week prior and the Australian PGA on the Gold Coast in the third week from November 29-December 2.

“It is a true thrill to bring this unique, global team-event back to Melbourne and the sandbelt region,” said Robyn Cooper, Executive Director of the Melbourne World Cup of Golf.

“We appreciate the strong cooperation of all involved to ensure Australia’s golf fans would be able to enjoy this spirited team competition in the sandbelt region. A special thank you goes to Golf Australia and Lagardere for working with us to resolve some scheduling challenges. The group’s overall combined efforts are certainly in the best interests of golf fans here in Australia.”

Metropolitan Golf Club has regularly hosted major events including the seemingly defunct Australian Masters in 2014, the Australian Open seven times (1930, 1936, 1951, 1979, 1986, 1993 & 1997), the Australian PGA five times (1930, 1936, 1951, 1967 & 1968) and the WGC-Match Play in 2001.

With the Australian Masters no longer part of the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule, 2017 marked the first time since 1956 that Melbourne did not stage a marquee Australian professional event.

Melbourne is now poised for an annual showcase of elite professional golf with the Presidents Cup returning to Royal Melbourne in 2019 and the Australian Open bound for the Victorian capital in 2020 and 2022.

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