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Big Guns Gear Up For Golf’s World Cup

American Matt Kuchar, Italian Matteo Manassero and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee have announced their intentions to represent their respective countries at the World Cup of Golf, held at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club from November 21-24.

This year’s event is gearing up to be a battle of some pretty big guns and the fighting talk is already starting. BMW PGA Championship winner, Matteo Manassero is keen to replicate the stunning success of the Molinari brothers in 2009, saying: “I’m genuinely excited about playing in the World Cup, and can’t wait to make my debut at Royal Melbourne. 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.”

Thongchai Jaidee, the only man to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles and also a European tour winner at the ISPS Handa Wales Open in 2012, is looking forward to representing Thailand, adding, “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.”

Kuchar, winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and Memorial Tournament this year, was also part of the victorious 2011 US Presidents Cup team when it was held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. He partnered up with big-hitting Gary Woodland to win the 2011 World Cup and is looking forward to defending the title. “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’m looking forward to ‘defending’ at Royal Melbourne.”