"I’m looking forward to me and Scottie defending,” said World Number One Day. “The format has changed, but I think with the current format that we have now I think it’s going to be a lot more exciting, and it should be – it should bring a lot of great teams into Australia to represent their countries.”
The 2016 tournament will return to a 72-hole, stroke play, two-man team event format. The first and third days of competition will be the foursomes (alternate shot) format and the second and final days are fourball (best ball) play.
With five European Tour titles to his name, including his maiden Major victory at the 2016 Masters in Augusta, England’s Danny Willett has gone with an experienced campaigner in Lee Westwood.
Willet said: “It’s always great to represent your country. You don’t get that chance to do it too often.”
“It’s a different format this time so I’m really looking forward to playing with Westy. He’s played in nine Ryder Cups and has unbelievable experience in foursomes and fourballs, so I couldn’t have picked a better partner.”
No country has enjoyed more success in the World Cup of Golf than the United States, with 24 titles in the history of the event. Two-time European Tour champion Rickie Fowler and US PGA Champion Jimmy Walker will team up together for the first time as they attempt to bring home the title for a record 25th time.
“Coming off the amazing experience that I had at the Olympics, it’s great to have the chance to put on the red, white and blue again and play for the United States in the World Cup of Golf. Jimmy is not only one of my favorite guys out here on tour, but he is clearly one of the most talented players on our tour as well," said Fowler.Belgium’s pairing of Thomas Pieters and Nicolas Colsaerts are out to upset the field, as they challenge for a maiden World Cup of Golf title.
Colsaerts noted: “Thomas and I often play together when we are on the same travel schedule. We try to throw 9 holes together during the week at least. ““We have a very good relationship. He has always said that he has looked up to me when I was the only Belgium player on Tour. And I like the way we can play together. There are things I can learn from him and things he can learn from me. This time with Thomas, if it clicks with us and we play well together, it could be an incredible week.”
|1||Søren KJELDSEN and Thorbjørn OLESEN||DEN||18||-20|
|T2||Victor DUBUISSON and Romain LANGASQUE||FRA||18||-16|
|T2||WU Ashun and LI Haotong||CHN||18||-16|
|T2||Rickie FOWLER and Jimmy WALKER||USA||18||-16|
|5||Alex NOREN and David LINGMERTH||SWE||18||-15|
|T6||Francesco MOLINARI and Matteo MANASSERO||ITA||18||-14|