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Saturday, 17 December 2005

The International Federation of PGA Tours has announced that the Caribbean Island of Barbados will host the 2006 World Golf Championships–World  Cup At The Country Club Course at the Sandy Lane Resort, St.James, Barbados, from December 7-10.  

 
A total of 24 nations, including the host country, will participate in this prestigious event,   which   will   be   known   as   the   World   Golf Championships–Barbados  World Cup, with a minimum purse of US$4,000,000.

This will be the first time a World Golf Championships event, including the historic World Cup, has been played in
Barbados, and only the third time it has  been  held  in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico was the host of the 1961 and 1994 World Cups prior to the event becoming one of the four World Golf Championships.

“We  are  pleased  to  announce  that Barbados will be the host of the 2006 World  Cup,”  said  US
PGA  Tour  Commissioner  Tim  Finchem  on behalf of the International  Federation  of  PGA Tours. “The World Cup has a tradition of visiting some of the world’s great golf venues in exotic locations.

“Next  year’s  event  will  continue  that tradition by going to one of the world’s  most  attractive destinations at one of the best courses in all of the
Caribbean.”

Sandy  Lane’s Country Club Course is one of three golf courses at the Sandy Lane  Resort.  Along with the recently opened Green Monkey and historic Old Nine  Golf  Club,  the  Tom  Fazio-designed  Sandy  Lane  Country Club is a 7,060 yard, par 72 layout that opened in 2001.

Barbados  is a world-class destination. The hosting of the Barbados World Cup  in 2006 followed by the World Cup of Cricket in 2007 will enable us to globally showcase our beautiful island and firmly establish Barbados as the Caribbean’s leading country for sports, active and lifestyle tourism,” said the  Honourable  Noel  Lynch,  M.P.,  Minister of Tourism and International Transport. 

 

“The  Five  Diamond Sandy Lane Resort has set new standards for excellence  in  the  Caribbean  and  we  look forward to welcoming the best
players  from  all  over  the  world and their supporters to experience our great golf courses and famous Bajan hospitality.”

Commenting  on the 2006 WGC - Barbados World Cup, Dermot Desmond, principal ownerof 
Sandy  Lane,  said, “All of us at Sandy Lane are honored that the World Cup  will  be  played  here  next year, and I am confident that everyone at Sandy Lane and in Barbados will do their utmost to make this the best World Cup ever.”

The  WGC - Barbados  World  Cup,  which will be sponsored by the Barbados Tourism Authority,  will  be broadcast to more than 140 nations, including ESPN and ABC in the United States and on Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland.

The  World  Cup  of  Golf  became  the  fourth  event  of  the  World  Golf Championships  in  2000  when  the  International  Federation  of
PGA Tours entered  into  an  agreement  with  the International Golf Association, the organisation which operated the World Cup beginning in 1953.

The
United States has won a record 23 World Cups with David Duval and Tiger Woods  winning at Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2000 when first the World Cup  was played as a World Golf Championships event.

This  year,  the World Golf Championships–Algarve World Cup in
Portugal was played  at  the  Victoria  Club de Golfe-Vilamoura in the Algarve region of Portugal.  The  team  of Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge led Wales to their second title in the event.

The  other  World  Golf  Championships  include  the  Accenture  Match Play Championship,  American  Express Championship and Bridgestone Invitational. For more information, please visit www.worldgolfchampionships.com

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