2011 World Cup (men's golf)

2011 World Cup
Tournament information
Dates 24–27 November
Location Haikou, Hainan Island, China
Course(s) Mission Hills Haikou, Blackstone course
Format 72 holes stroke play
best ball & alternate shot
Par 72
Length 7,441 yards (6,804 m)
Field 28 two-man teams
Cut None
Prize fund US$7.5 million
Winner's share US$2.4 million
 United States
Matt Kuchar & Gary Woodland
264 (−24)

The 2011 Omega Mission Hills World Cup was a golf tournament that took place November 24–27 on the Blackstone course[1] at Mission Hills Haikou in Hainan, China. It was the 56th World Cup, and the first since 2009, when the tournament switched to being staged biennially. 28 countries competed as two player teams. The purse was increased from $5.5 million in 2009 to $7.5 million in 2011.[2] The event was won by the United States, represented by Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland with a score of −24[3][4][5][6][7]

Qualification and format

The leading 18 available players from different countries in the Official World Golf Ranking on July 18 qualified automatically. These 18 players then selected a player from their country to compete with them. The person they pick had to be ranked within the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking as of September 1. If there was no other player from that country within the top 100 then the next highest ranked player would be their partner. If there was no other available player from that country within the top 500, then the exempt player could choose whoever he wants as long as they are a professional from the same country.[8] A further nine countries qualified via three qualifying stages, held in Malaysia,[9] Estonia[10] and Venezuela.[11] The final team was the host nation, China.

The 18 qualifying players (together with their country and World Ranking on July 18) were Martin Kaymer (Germany, ranked 3), Rory McIlroy (Ireland, 4), Matt Kuchar (USA, 8), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa, 12), Ian Poulter (England, 16), Robert Karlsson (Sweden, 19), Francesco Molinari (Italy, 23), Álvaro Quirós (Spain, 24), Martin Laird (Scotland, 26), Anders Hansen (Denmark, 41), Raphaël Jacquelin (France, 69), Yuta Ikeda (Japan, 70), Brendan Jones (Australia, 73), Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium, 75), Camilo Villegas (Colombia, 78), Jamie Donaldson (Wales, 98), Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand, 101) and Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe, 106). South Korea, Fiji and Argentina would have qualified automatically had their leading players chosen to play.[12]

The event is a 72-hole stroke play team event with each team consisting of two players. The first and third days are fourball play and the second and final days are foursomes play.


The table below lists the teams together with their World Ranking (if any) at the time of the tournament.[13]

 AustraliaBrendan Jones (81) and Richard Green (88) OWGR
 AustriaFlorian Praegant (378) and Roland Steiner (616) European Qualifier
 BelgiumNicolas Colsaerts (75) and Jérôme Theunis (-) OWGR
 BrazilAdilson da Silva (376) and Lucas Lee (1037) South American Qualifier
 ChinaLiang Wen-chong (252) and Zhang Xin-jun (647)Host nation
 ColombiaCamilo Villegas(79) and Manuel Villegas (1308) OWGR
 DenmarkAnders Hansen (31) and Thorbjørn Olesen (174) OWGR
 EnglandIan Poulter (25) and Justin Rose (16)OWGR
 FranceRaphaël Jacquelin (100) and Grégory Bourdy (131) OWGR
 GermanyMartin Kaymer (4) and Alex Čejka (314)OWGR
 GuatemalaPablo Acűna (-) and José Toledo (-) South American Qualifier
 Ireland[lower-alpha 1]Rory McIlroy (2) and Graeme McDowell (14) OWGR
 ItalyFrancesco Molinari (39) and Edoardo Molinari (61) OWGR
 JapanYuta Ikeda (73) and Tetsuji Hiratsuka (89) OWGR
 MexicoJosé de Jesús Rodríguez (399) and Óscar Serna (934) South American Qualifier
 NetherlandsJoost Luiten (66) and Robert-Jan Derksen (218) European Qualifier
 New ZealandGareth Paddison (753) and Michael Hendry (559)Asian Qualifier
 PortugalRicardo Santos (266) and Hugo Santos (-) European Qualifier
 ScotlandMartin Laird (42) and Stephen Gallacher (127) OWGR
 SingaporeMardan Mamat (269) and Lam Chih Bing (793) Asian Qualifier
 South AfricaCharl Schwartzel (13) and Louis Oosthuizen (37)OWGR
 South KoreaKim Hyung-sung (315) and Park Sung-joon (437) Asian Qualifier
 SpainÁlvaro Quirós (47) and Miguel Ángel Jiménez (40) OWGR
 SwedenRobert Karlsson (28) and Alexander Norén (63)OWGR
 ThailandThongchai Jaidee (150) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (184)OWGR
 United StatesMatt Kuchar (10) and Gary Woodland (48)OWGR
 WalesJamie Donaldson (83) and Rhys Davies (140)OWGR
 ZimbabweBrendon de Jonge (126) and Bruce McDonald (-)OWGR

The tournament includes three pairs of brothers: the Villegas brothers representing Colombia, the Molinari brothers representing Italy and the Santos brothers representing Portugal.[14]


Australia led after the first round with a better-ball score of 61. Ireland and Scotland were in joint second place with 63, followed by The Netherlands and United States with 64.

After the second round foursomes, Australia and Ireland were joint leaders at 131. Scotland were third at 132, followed by Spain, New Zealand and United States at 134.

Ireland led by two shots at the end of the third day with a total of 195 after a better-ball score of 64. Germany, South Africa and United States were tied for second at 197 with Australia fifth at 198. Germany and South Africa had the best scores of the day with 61.

The United States had a last round foursome score of 67 to win by two shots over England and Germany. Ireland had a last round 72 to drop to a tie for fourth place.

#CountryScoreTo parMoney (US$)
1 United States64-70-63-67=264−24 2,400,000
T2 England66-69-68-63=266 −22 1,025,000
T4 Australia61-70-67-69=267−21 332,500
8 Wales67-69-65-67=268−20 200,000
T9 Spain65-69-68-67=269 −19 135,000
 South Korea66-71-64-68=269
11 Zimbabwe66-70-67-67=270−18 105,000
12 South Africa68-68-61-74=271−17 96,000
T13 Denmark65-72-68-67=272 −16 81,000
16 New Zealand66-68-68-71=273−15 74,000
17 Italy67-69-64-74=274−14 72,000
T18 China68-68-68-71=275 −13 69,000
T20 Austria69-72-65-70=276 −12 64,000
T23 Brazil68-71-67-72=278 −10 59,000
25 Sweden66-74-66-73=279−9 56,000
26 Singapore68-75-65-74=282−6 54,000
27 Guatemala75-74-66-70=285−3 52,000
28 Belgium67-77-68-84=296+8 50,000


  1. This was a combined Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland team. They competed under the Republic of Ireland flag although both golfers were from Northern Ireland.


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