WGC World Cup Golf Odds

The WGC World Cup is a unique event on the men's tour. It consists of two men playing in pairs from their respective country and only on team is allowed from each country.

It is regarded by players as the top world team event in golf and brings an air of patriotism and team ethic due to the usual individually played sport. The tournament was regarded as one of the bigger tournaments of the season over 40 years but a lack of funding an interest meant it was scratched from the rota in 1986. It resumed in 1993 and became known as the World Cup of Golf.

Unlike the other major team golf tournament, the Ryder Cup, this tournament is a 72-hole stroke play team event, with the best score over the four days winning, rather than playing to the traditional match-play rules. The first and third days are four-ball (best ball) play and the second and final days are foursomes play.

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Team qualification is achieved according to the World Golf Rankings. The top 18 players in the rankings are given an invitation to the tournament. If they accept the invitation they are allowed to hand-pick a teammate of the same nationality. The host nation automatically receives an invitation no matter where they are ranked in the official standings. As you would expect in a tournament of this nature, the USA have dominated.

The stars and stripes have landed the event 24 times, with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer leading the way individually with six wins each.

Some recent winners of the glorified team event include the South African pairing of Retief Goosen and Ernie Els, who came through a four way play-off in 2001 to land the spoils in Japan.

The latest tournament in 2011 was won by the USA again, courtesy of Matt Kutchar and Garry Woodland seeing off Englishmen Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.