A decade after it played host to The 29th Ryder Cup Matches, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island will again be the setting for a match play contest of the highest quality this week when it stages the inaugural UBS Warburg Cup.
A team of 12 professionals from the United States, led by captain Arnold Palmer, will challenge 12 professionals from the Rest of the World, led by captain Gary Player, in a three day golfing festival on the famed South Carolina course.
The teams will consist of six players aged 40-49 alongside six players aged 50 plus with the format seeing foursomes contested on Friday, November 16, fourballs on Saturday, November 17 and 12 singles on Sunday, November 18.
Ian Stanley and Denis Durnian, the two leading players on the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit, are part of an illustrious Rest of the World side which includes Major winners Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam and European Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance.
All four played for Europe in The 1991 Ryder Cup Matches at Kiawah Island and will be keen to redress the balance having lost 14 ½ - 13 ½. As Torrance admitted, although the atmosphere of the contest will be friendly, the nature of the golfers involved means it will be nonetheless competitive.
"There is a lot of history and mutual respect between the two teams but, having said that, all professional golfers want to win every time they play so there is no doubt that we will all be trying our socks off," he said.
Included in the American team is Torrance's American counterpart at The De Vere Belfry next year, Curtis Strange, alongside Major champions Mark Calcavecchia, Ray Floyd, Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Mark O'Meara and Tom Watson.
From the overall prize fund of $3 million, each member of the winning team will receive $150,000, with the losing team members each picking up $100,000.