did you know

The United States of America holds the record for the most number of wins with 23. South Africa is next with five, then Australia and Spain with four, followed by Canada’s three titles. Next are England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Sweden and Wales, all with two victories. Four countries have triumphed once: Argentina, Chinese Taipei, Scotland and Italy.

Argentina, Australia, England and the United States hold the record for the most appearances with 53. Germany comes next with 51, then Canada with 50.

The World Cup has been played every year since its inception in 1953 except for 1981 and 1986.

The United States has hosted the World Cup more than any other country, staging the tournament on 11 occasions. Spain is next with five. China is hosting its fifth event when it stages the 2011 OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup in Hainan. Mexico has hosted five World Cups. In all, 25 countries have hosted the event. The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia holds the distinction of being the most-used venue -- three times in 1959, 1972 and 1988 along with  Mission Hills Golf Club’s Olazabal Course hosted the World Cup in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Mission Hills’ Nicklaus Course also hosted this event (1995) and another Mission Hills course, the Blackstone, will host the 2011 edition.

Hawaii and Florida are the two states that have hosted the most World Cups. The Aloha State was the site of the 1964 and 1987 (Maui) and 1978 (Makai) tournaments, while Florida hosted in 1971 (Palm Beach) and 1990 and 1993 (Orlando).

Twenty-nine World Golf Hall of Fame members have played in the World Cup. They are Isao Aoki (Japan), Seve Ballesteros (Spain), Julius Boros (U.S.), Bob Charles (New Zealand), Ben Crenshaw (U.S.), Jimmy Demaret (U.S.), Roberto De Vicenzo (Argentina), Nick Faldo (England), Hubert Green (U.S.), Ben Hogan (U.S.), Hale Irwin (U.S.), Jack Nicklaus (U.S.), Tom Kite (U.S.), Bernhard Langer (Germany), Bobby Locke (South Africa), Cary Middlecoff (U.S.), Johnny Miller (U.S.), Jack Nicklaus (U.S.), Greg Norman (Australia), Christy O’Connor Sr. (Ireland), Jose Maria Olazabal, (Spain), Arnold Palmer (U.S.), Gary Player (South Africa), Nick Price (South Africa), Chi Chi Rodriguez (Puerto Rico), Vijay Singh (Fiji), Sam Snead (U.S.), Peter Thomson (Australia) and Lee Trevino (U.S.).

Arnold Palmer (1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966 and 1967) and Jack Nicklaus (1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1971 and 1973) jointly hold the record for most victories by a player. Palmer and Nicklaus (1963, 1964, 1966 and 1967) first established the record for the most victories by the same partnership, with four titles, later matched by the American duo of Fred Couples and Davis Love III in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Ernie Els and Wayne Westner, who represented South Africa in 1996 in front of their home fans at Erinvale Golf Club in Cape Town, hold the record for the largest winning margin of 18 shots. This beat the previous best of 14 by Ben Hogan and Sam Snead at Wentworth Club in 1956.

The World Cup became a World Golf Championships event in 2000, the same year the tournament abandoned its total-stroke format it had used since the event’s inception in favor of two days of foursomes (alternate shot) and two days of four-ball (best-ball). The tournament stopped being a World Golf Championships event in 2006 but continues to use the same foursomes and four-ball format.

With 25, Jean Garaialde of France holds the record for the most number of appearances in the World Cup. He first played in 1954, with his 25th and final representation coming in 1982. His best finish representing France came in 1962, when he teamed with Roger Cotton to finish fifth.

Flory van Donck of Belgium is the oldest player to participate in the World Cup. He was 67 when he made the last of 19 appearances in 1979. The youngest competitor was Marko Vovk, who was only 15 when he played for Yugoslavia in 1979.