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Tuesday, 12 May 1998
Alfred Dunhill, the leading

The full list of countries to be represented is as follows together with the number of their previous appearances at St. Andrews shown in parenthesis:- ARGENTINA (7)
AUSTRALIA (13)
CHINA (0)
ENGLAND (13)
FRANCE (8)
GERMANY (5)
IREAND (13)
JAPAN (12)
KOREA (6)
NEWZEALAND (10)
SCOLAND (13)
SOUH AFRICA (7)
SPAIN (13)
SWEDEN (12)
UNITED STATES (13)
ZIMBABWE (8)


South Africa, champions for the first time in 1997, will be defending their title at St. Andrews in the fourteenth year of this unique international team championship. Other past winners playing this year include Australia, who won the first two Alfred Dunhill Cups in 1985 and 1986, England, winners in 1987 and 1992, Ireland who won in 1988 and 1990, Scotland and Sweden, who won the title in 1995 and 1991 respectively, and the United States, who became the first three-time winners of the title in 1996 having also won in 1989 and 1993. The Peoples Republic of China will be playing at St. Andrews for the first time, having previously only competed on an honorary basis in a regional qualifier back in 1988.

The format will be unchanged with the teams, all comprising three professionals, being drawn into four groups, playing in a "round-robin" league over the first three days, with the group winners playing in the semi-finals on Sunday morning, followed by the 18 hole final in the afternoon. Prize money will be £1 million with £100,000 going to each member of the winning team.

The players selected to represent the qualifying countries will be announced at the end of August.

The Alfred Dunhill Cup will be televised live on all four days by Sky Sports in the UK and will be seen throughout Asia, Australia, South Africa, South America and the USA together will edited highlights coverage on NBC Europe and in many other markets around the world making the Alfred Dunhill Cup one of the most widely covered tournaments in world golf.

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