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Golf: Kuchar, Manassero, Thongchai commit to World Cup in Melbourne

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Thongchai Jaidee will represent Thailand in November’s World Cup at Royal Melbourne. Photo: Asian Tour.

August 20, 2013: Matt Kuchar of the USA, Matteo Manassero of Italy and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand are among the first players to commit to representing their respective countries at this year’s World Cup of Golf, which will be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club from November 21-24.

 

Tournament officials also announced that tickets are officially on sale from Ticketmaster for the 57th staging of the historic event.

 

Along with Gary Woodland, Kuchar was part of the USA team that won the World Cup when it was last held in 2011 at the Mission Hills Resort in Hainan Island, China.

 

Kuchar, who has won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and The Memorial Tournament on this year’s PGA Tour, was also part of the USA’s winning Presidents Cup team in 2011, when the event was held at Royal Melbourne.

 

Since the start of the 2010 season, Kuchar has recorded 36 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, more than any other player during these four seasons. The World No. 6 has six career victories and is one of four players with multiple wins on this year’s PGA Tour along with joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.

 

“Representing my country is a real honour, whether in The Ryder Cup, The Presidents Cup or the World Cup,” Kuchar said. “It was a great experience to win the World Cup in 2011 with Gary Woodland and I’m looking forward to defending at Royal Melbourne.”

 

Manassero, currently fifth in The European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings, has hopes of bringing the trophy back to Italy after the Molinari brothers won the event in 2009.

 

Matteo Manassero hopes to help Italy regain the title won in 2009 by the Molinari brothers. Photo: Getty Images.

Matteo Manassero hopes to help Italy regain the title won in 2009 by the Molinari brothers. Photo: Getty Images.

In May, his victory at the BMW PGA Championship made him the youngest ever winner of The European Tour’s flagship event, having already become the Tour’s youngest ever winner with his win in the 2010 Castelló Masters aged 17 years and 188 days.

 

“I’m genuinely excited about playing in the World Cup, and can’t wait to make my debut at Royal Melbourne,” said the 20-year-old, a four-time European Tour winner and currently World No. 28.

 

“It’s not often you get the chance to play for your country as well as yourself, so I really want to play well and help make it a great week for Italy. When Edoardo and Francesco [Molinari] won in 2009, it was huge news in Italy, so hopefully I can help bring the trophy back home again.”

 

Thongchai, the only man to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles, has won 13 titles on the Asian Tour and five on The European Tour, including last year’s ISPS Handa Wales Open. Earlier this year he finished runner-up to Graeme McDowell at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on The European Tour.

 

“I always enjoy playing in the World Cup, it’s a great tournament and obviously a little bit different from the events we usually play,” Thongchai said. “You want to do well when you are playing for your country, so I’ll give it my best shot.”

 

Louise Asher, Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, welcomed the commitments. “I’m sure this will be a great showcase for golf in this state and I’m delighted three champions of the sport will be playing in the World Cup. It’s exciting that once again Royal Melbourne will be showcased to a global audience through this top international competition,” she said.

 

“The 2013 World Cup of Golf is estimated to create between A$25 million-A$30 million in economic benefit to Victoria and will attract up to 9,000 interstate and international visitors. I would invite fans from around the country and overseas to visit Melbourne to experience the World Cup and everything Melbourne has to offer.”

 

David Rollo, Vice President-Director of Golf for IMG Australia, commented: “The World Cup of Golf crowns an exciting two-week festival of golf at Royal Melbourne which will showcase Victoria to over 800 million homes in over 200 countries. Fans will get to see an array of the best players in the world from over 30 countries. Tickets are limited so we would encourage fans to secure their tickets.”

 

For details on tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.au

 

2013 World Cup of Golf General Admission Ticket Prices:

Wednesday Pro-Am: A$20

Thursday, Friday or Saturday: A$54

Sunday: A$59

Weekend Tickets (Sat-Sun): A$90

Season Tickets (Wed-Sun): A$175

Bunker Season Ticket: A$299

Bunker Daily Ticket: A$90

Note: Concession rates also available; one junior (under 16) is permitted entry if accompanied by a paying adult with a general admission ticket.

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