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Strong Asian contingent for World Cup in Melbourne

The Star Online logo The Star Online 8/9/2018
a man holding a baseball bat: The last Asian victory – Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama (left) and Toshi Izawa celebrate after winning the World Cup in Mexico in 2002. © Provided by Star Media Group Berhad The last Asian victory – Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama (left) and Toshi Izawa celebrate after winning the World Cup in Mexico in 2002.

CHINA, Chinese Taipei, India, Japan, South Korea and Thailand are Asia’s representatives among the 28 countries that have qualified for the ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf, based on the world rankings as of last Monday.

The World Cup, set for Nov 21 to 25 at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne, will feature two-man teams from the top 28 nations based on the world rankings. 

It will see the 56-player field vie for the largest prize money purse in Australian golf, with US$7mil on offer.

 Japan and Chinese Taipei are the only teams from Asia to have won the World Cup.

Torakichi Nakamura and Koichi Ono delivered a popular home win for Japan in 1957, while Toshimitsu Izawa and Shigeki Maruyama teamed up for a second Japanese triumph in Mexico in 2002, which was also the last time an Asian country won the event.

Hsieh Min-nan and Lu Liang-huan earned Chinese Taipei’s lone World Cup victory in 1972 when it was staged at Royal Melbourne.

In 2016 when the World Cup of Golf was played at Kingston Heath in Melbourne, China’s Li Haotong and Wu Ashun contended for the title before settling for tied second place.

Alternate countries can potentially qualify if the top-ranked player from one of the qualified 28 countries does not commit, and the next highest-ranked player is lower in the rankings than a player from an alternate country. 

Qualified countries:1. United States, 2. England, 3. Spain, 4. Italy, 5. Ireland, 6. Australia, 7. Sweden, 8. Japan, 9. South Africa, 10. Thailand, 11. Denmark, 12. Korea, 13. China, 14. Argentina, 15. Canada, 16. Scotland, 17. Belgium, 18. New Zealand, 19. Venezuela, 20. France, 21. Austria, 22. India, 23. Netherlands, 24. Chinese Taipei, 25. Finland, 26. Mexico, 27. Germany, 28. Chile.

Alternates:

1. Zimbabwe, 2. Paraguay, 3. Malaysia, 4. Wales, 5. Greece.

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