The $3 million UBS Cup features two 12-man teams competing in a Ryder Cup style format. Each team consists of six players 40-49 and six players 50 and older.
Scott Hoch, Rocco Mediate and U.S. Senior Open champion Bruce Lietzke were the last three players named to Palmers U.S. team. Hoch, Mediate and Lietzke join a formidable squad that includes 40-49-year-olds Hal Sutton, Mark OMeara, Brad Faxon and Curtis Strange and 50-and-older players Ray Floyd, Hale Irwin, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson and team-captain Palmer.
Not to be outdone is team captain Tony Jacklins Rest of the World team, which welcomed 40-49-year-old Eduardo Romero of Argentina and 50-and-older players Carl Mason of England and Bill Longmuir of Scotland to a team that includes 40-49-year-olds Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam and Barry Lane and 50-and-older players Rodger Davis and Jacklin.
The two remaining Rest of the World players will be determined by Nov. 10.
A member of both previous UBS Cup teams, Hoch is regarded as one of the PGA Tours most consistent players, a reputation burnished in 2003 when he won more than $1 million for the eighth consecutive year. The winner of 11 PGA Tour titles, Hoch has finished in the top 40 on the money list every year but one since 1982.
Mediate and Lietzke are both making their UBS Cup debuts. For Mediate, the invite comes after a season in which the five-time winner racked up four top-10 finishes, including runner-up finishes at the Deutsche Bank Championship and the Mercedes Championship.
With his U.S. Senior Open victory at Inverness, outside Toledo, Lietzke won his first Champions Tour major title this year. That was one of his nine top-10 finishes this season. The 13-time winner on the PGA Tour has seven Champions Tour victories.
A UBS Cup rookie, Longmuirs career was revived on the European Seniors Tour this year, where he won two events (the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open and the De Vere PGA Seniors Championship) and earned seven top-10 finishes in 15 events. Currently, Longmuir is second on the European Seniors Tours Order of Merit.
Romero, who went 1-1-1 in last years UBS Cup, continued his solid play on the European Tour with two top-five performances. He placed fifth on last years European Tour Order of Merit.
Like Romero, Mason is making his UBS Cup debut. He enjoyed a breakout season on the European Seniors Tour, with four victories and nine top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments. That boosted Mason to the top spot on the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit.
As U.S. captain, Palmer will try piloting the U.S. team to its third straight UBS Cup title and his sixth international team title. Before leading the Americans to victories in 2001 (12 -11 ), and 2002 (14 -9 ), Palmer captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team to wins in 1963 and 1975 and the U.S. Presidents Cup team to victory in 1996.
My players have always been quite good, Palmer said. I tried to juggle them into the right positions and get their interest and focus on what they were doing.
Jacklin could make the same claim. In 1987, he guided the European Ryder Cup team to perhaps its most impressive victory in the events storied history ' a 15-13 victory over the host Americans that gave Europe its first Ryder Cup victory on U.S. soil. This came two years after Jacklin captained the Europeans to their first victory in 28 years. Counting the European Teams victory in 1989, he is 3-1 as a Ryder Cup captain.
The third annual UBS Cup will be played at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia, November 20-23. The United States will be defending its title against the Rest of the World in the $3 million, match-play event that features two 12-man teams competing in a Ryder-Cup style format.
Jacklin takes over from Gary Player, who was the Rest of the World captain for the first two UBS Cups. The UBS Cup is sanctioned by the European Seniors Tour and the PGA Tour.
Six Foursome matches will be played on Friday, Nov. 21, six four-ball matches on Saturday, Nov. 22 and 12 singles matches will conclude play on Sunday, Nov. 23. A pro-am will precede the competition on Thursday, Nov. 20.
The Golf Channel will devote 45 hours of worldwide coverage to the UBS Cup, with much of that in prime time. Replays of the action, which include the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, will begin Saturday, Nov. 22 and run through the week following the event.