Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley return to the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island this week looking to repeat their 1997 victory in the World Golf Championships - World Cup.
Six years ago the Irish pair won the team event under its previous format, known then as the World Cup of Golf. Since 2000, however, the event has come under the umbrella of the World Golf Championships and undergone a title and format change, played under a fourball and foursomes format.
Harrington and McGinley are among 22 European Tour Members who will be in action among the 24 teams including ten players who competed in last week’s Seve Trophy at El Saler. That figure includes the English pair of Paul Casey and Justin Rose who finished third last year in Mexico.
Ian Woosnam, representing Wales for a 17th time, pairs up with Bradley Dredge for a second successive year following the late withdrawal of Philip Price, who is suffering from flu. Thomas Björn is another player to pull out of the $4 million event after suffering a recurrence of a neck injury whilst at the Seve Trophy. He is replaced by Anders Hansen in the Danish team alongside Søren Kjeldsen.
Angel Cabrera and Eduardo Romero, runners-up to the United States in 2000, team up for Argentina once again while other teams intact from last year include Scotland, represented by Alastair Forsyth and Paul Lawrie, and the French team of Raphael Jacquelin and Thomas Levet.
Volvo Masters Andalucia Champion Fredrik Jacobson teams up with Ryder Cup player Niclas Fasth for Sweden while other champions from The 2003 European Tour International Schedule in action this week include Trevor Immelman of South Africa, the Spanish team of Ignacio Garrido and Miguel Angel Jimenez, Michael Campbell of New Zealand and Korea’s KJ Choi.
This year Japan will be defending the title following their victory at Puerto Vallarta in Mexico last year. The United States, represented by US Open Champion Jim Furyk and former Open Champion Justin Leonard, is the host country looking to win the event for the 23rd time in its 50 year history.
Kiawah Island also hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup Matches and the inaugural UBS Cup. Designed by Pete Dye, the Ocean Course is a 7,296 yard par 72 layout. Minor changes have been made to the second and fourth holes and the 18th green has been repositioned closer to the 18th green.