Stars commit to play as tickets go on sale


September 11, 2013

Melbourne, Victoria, AUS – Commitments from a selection of golf’s biggest international stars have begun with Matt Kuchar (USA), Matteo Manassero (Italy) and Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) announcing their intentions to represent their respective countries at the World Cup of Golf at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club on Nov. 18-24. Tournament officials also announced that tickets are officially on sale from Ticketmaster for the 57th staging of the historic event.

Along with Gary Woodland, Matt Kuchar was part of the team which won the World Cup when it was last held in 2011 at the Mission Hills Resort, in Hainan Island, China. Kuchar, who won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship as well as the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance this year on the PGA TOUR, was also part of the winning 2011 U.S. Presidents Cup team when it was held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Since the start of the 2010 season, Kuchar has 36 top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, more than any other PGA TOUR player during those four seasons. The No. 6-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking has six career victories and is one of four players with multiple wins on the PGA TOUR in 2013, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.

“Representing my country is a real honour whether in The Ryder Cup, The Presidents Cup or the World Cup. It was a great experience to win the World Cup in 2011 with Gary Woodland and I am looking forward to ‘defending’ at Royal Melbourne.”

Manassero will join Kuchar in Australia with hopes of bringing the championship trophy back to Italy after the Molinari brothers won the event in 2009. Manassero’s accomplishments have already reached world-class level considering he is No. 28 on the Official World Golf Ranking, No. 5 in The European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings and has four career European Tour victories. When you add the fact that Manassero has still yet to celebrate his 21stt birthday, you realize why so many are predicting big things in the young man’s future.

Manassero’s victory in May at the BMW PGA Championship made him the youngest ever winner of The European Tour’s flagship event. Manassero posted an impressive 69 in the final round to tie with Simon Khan, before winning on the fourth playoff hole. In 2010, he became the youngest winner in European Tour history thanks to his victory in the Castelló Masters aged 17 years and 188 days.

“I’m genuinely excited about playing in the World Cup, and can’t wait to make my debut at Royal Melbourne,” Manassero said. “It’s not often that you get the chance to play for your country as well as yourself, so I really want to play well and help make it a great week for Italy. When Edoardo and Francesco won in 2009 it was huge news in Italy, so hopefully I can help bring the trophy back home again.”

Thongchai, the only man to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles, represents the true global nature of the World Cup of Golf, having played in tournaments across the globe. With 13 victories on the Asian Tour which include three co-sanctioned tournaments with The European Tour and another victory at the ISPS Handa Wales Open in 2012, Thongchai has shown he can compete at the highest level of the game. His best finish in 2013 came at The European Tour’s Volvo World Match Play Championship, where he finished runner-up to Graeme McDowell.

“I always enjoy playing in the World Cup, it’s a great tournament and obviously a little bit different from the events we usually play,” Thongchai said. “You want to do well when you are playing for your country, so I will give it my best shot.”

Minister for Tourism Louise Asher welcomed the commitments.

“I am sure that this will be a great showcase for golf in this state and I am delighted that three champions of the sport will be playing in the World Cup,” he said. “It is exciting that once again Royal Melbourne will be showcased to a global audience through this top international competition.

“The 2013 World Cup of Golf is estimated to create between $25 million to $30 million in economic benefit to Victoria and will attract up to 9,000 interstate and international visitors.

“I would invite fans from around the country and overseas to visit Melbourne to experience the World Cup and everything Melbourne has to offer.”

Vice President-Director of Golf, IMG Australia, David Rollo, commented: “The World Cup of Golf crown an exciting two week festival of golf at Royal Melbourne which will showcase Victoria to over 800 million homes in more than 200 countries. Fans will get to see an array of the best players in the world from over 30 countries and, tickets are limited so we would encourage fans to secure their tickets now from www.ticketmaster.com.au.”

Tickets for the World Cup of golf will sell as follows:

 

2013 World Cup of Golf General Admission Ticket Information
Wednesday Pro-am $20
Thursday, Friday or Saturday $54
Sunday $59
Weekend Tickets* $90
Season Tickets** $175
Bunker Season Ticket $299
Bunker Daily Ticket $90
* Allows entry to the course only on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24
** Allows entry to the course from Wednesday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, Nov. 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 World Cup of Golf Concession Tickets Information
The following card holders will be admitted at concession rates, with a valid photo ID. ID must be carried at all times, and produced upon request: Victorian Seniors Card, Interstate Seniors Card, Australian Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card and a Victorian Transport Association Concession Card.
Children aged from 14 -18 years are eligible to purchase concession tickets.

Wednesday Pro-am $15
Thursday, Friday or Saturday $44
Sunday $49
Weekend Concession Tickets* $80
Season Concession Tickets** $150
* Allows entry to the course only on Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24
** Allows entry to the course from Wednesday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, Nov. 24

Youth Policy
Juniors under the age of 16 will be granted free general admission access when accompanied by a paying adult, with a general admission ticket. Please note, only one child will be permitted per one adult. Please be aware that there are no child care facilities at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.