The 59th edition of the World Cup of Golf will return to Melbourne, Australia with The Metropolitan Golf Club playing host to 28 nations from November 21-25, 2018.
The 2018 event will continue with the same format from 2016, with the first and third days of competition played in a four ball (best ball) format, and the second and final days as foursomes (alternate shot). The highest-ranked players from each competing nation will once again choose their playing partner.
"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 interest of golf fans here in Australia."
In 2016, Team Denmark, represented by Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen, claimed a thrilling four-stroke victory ahead of China, France and the United States of America at Kingston Heath GC. Home favourites Adam Scott and Jason Day were victorious at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in 2013.
"We're getting it done - making Victoria Australia's home of golf by bringing the best domestic and international tournaments right to our doorstep," John Eren, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, said. "The flow on effects from these types of events are huge - they give visitors another reason to come to Melbourne and make our economy stronger."
A former host of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Men's Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship, this is the first time The Metropolitan Golf Club will host the World Cup of Golf.
“The Metropolitan Golf Club is extremely proud to be selected to host the World Cup of Golf 2018,” said Marcus Harty, Captain of The Metropolitan Golf Club. “The tournament has a rich history featuring the greatest golfers from across the eras and we look forward to welcoming the current generation of greats to Metropolitan. We are excited that we will have the opportunity to further showcase the Melbourne Sandbelt to the world, particularly our own ‘Metro’ with its unique architecture and highly-regarded course conditioning.”