Two-man teams representing 24 countries will be eligible or will qualify. Eighteen teams will be comprised of top players from the Official World Golf Ranking, and six teams will become eligible via qualifying competitions.
The leading 18 players, each of different nationality, from the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday, August 28th, 2000, will qualify. The country will qualify by virtue of these 18 players. Should a player decline the opportunity to play, the next player in the Official World Golf Ranking will qualify providing his country is not already qualified.
The qualification of the leading players' partner will be decided by the relevant PGA Tour responsible for that country.
In the case of the European countries, the second player will be the leading player from the Volvo Order of Merit after the conclusion of the BMW International Open. Should a player decline the opportunity to play, the first available player from this category will take his place. This player must be a member of a Tour under the auspices of the International Federation of PGA Tours.
If the host country is not qualified, they will be invited and the qualifying tournament, which they would have entered, will have the number of qualifying places reduced from 3 to 2.
Three countries from each of the qualifying tournaments will complete the final field of 24 nations. The Asian qualifying tournament will comprise of those countries under the auspices of the Asian PGA Tour as directed by the Articles of the Association. The remaining countries from the rest of the World will qualify at the Jamaican qualifying tournament.