2011 World Cup (men's golf)

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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[edit]

The leading 18 available players from different countries in the Official World Golf Ranking qualified automatically on July 18. 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]

Country Players Qualified
 Australia Brendan Jones (81) and Richard Green (88) OWGR
 Austria Florian Praegant (378) and Roland Steiner (616) European Qualifier
 Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts (75) and Jérôme Theunis (-) OWGR
 Brazil Adilson da Silva (376) and Lucas Lee (1037) South American Qualifier
 China Liang Wen-chong (252) and Zhang Xin-jun (647) Host nation
 Colombia Camilo Villegas(79) and Manuel Villegas (1308) OWGR
 Denmark Anders Hansen (31) and Thorbjørn Olesen (174) OWGR
 England Ian Poulter (25) and Justin Rose (16) OWGR
 France Raphaël Jacquelin (100) and Grégory Bourdy (131) OWGR
 Germany Martin Kaymer (4) and Alex Čejka (314) OWGR
 Guatemala Pablo Acűna (-) and José Toledo (-) South American Qualifier
 Ireland[a] Rory McIlroy (2) and Graeme McDowell (14) OWGR
 Italy Francesco Molinari (39) and Edoardo Molinari (61) OWGR
 Japan Yuta Ikeda (73) and Tetsuji Hiratsuka (89) OWGR
 Mexico José de Jesús Rodríguez (399) and Óscar Serna (934) South American Qualifier
 Netherlands Joost Luiten (66) and Robert-Jan Derksen (218) European Qualifier
 New Zealand Gareth Paddison (753) and Michael Hendry (559) Asian Qualifier
 Portugal Ricardo Santos (266) and Hugo Santos (-) European Qualifier
 Scotland Martin Laird (42) and Stephen Gallacher (127) OWGR
 Singapore Mardan Mamat (269) and Lam Chih Bing (793) Asian Qualifier
 South Africa Charl Schwartzel (13) and Louis Oosthuizen (37) OWGR
 South Korea Kim Hyung-sung (315) and Park Sung-joon (437) Asian Qualifier
 Spain Álvaro Quirós (47) and Miguel Ángel Jiménez (40) OWGR
 Sweden Robert Karlsson (28) and Alexander Norén (63) OWGR
 Thailand Thongchai Jaidee (150) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (184) OWGR
 United States Matt Kuchar (10) and Gary Woodland (48) OWGR
 Wales Jamie Donaldson (83) and Rhys Davies (140) OWGR
 Zimbabwe Brendon 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.

# Country Score To par Money (US$)
1  United States 64-70-63-67=264 −24 2,400,000
T2  England 66-69-68-63=266 −22 1,025,000
 Germany 65-71-61-69=266
T4  Australia 61-70-67-69=267 −21 332,500
 Netherlands 64-71-64-68=267
 Ireland 63-68-64-72=267
 Scotland 63-69-69-66=267
8  Wales 67-69-65-67=268 −20 200,000
T9  Spain 65-69-68-67=269 −19 135,000
 South Korea 66-71-64-68=269
11  Zimbabwe 66-70-67-67=270 −18 105,000
12  South Africa 68-68-61-74=271 −17 96,000
T13  Denmark 65-72-68-67=272 −16 81,000
 France 66-70-68-68=272
 Mexico 66-69-65-72=272
16  New Zealand 66-68-68-71=273 −15 74,000
17  Italy 67-69-64-74=274 −14 72,000
T18  China 68-68-68-71=275 −13 69,000
 Thailand 66-70-68-71=275
T20  Austria 69-72-65-70=276 −12 64,000
 Japan 66-70-66-74=276
 Portugal 70-68-66-72=276
T23  Brazil 68-71-67-72=278 −10 59,000
 Colombia 65-76-64-73=278
25  Sweden 66-74-66-73=279 −9 56,000
26  Singapore 68-75-65-74=282 −6 54,000
27  Guatemala 75-74-66-70=285 −3 52,000
28  Belgium 67-77-68-84=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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