Cink Johnson Represent US at World Cup


2005 Algarve World Cup in PortugalAs the PGA Tour season came to a close two weeks ago and with the start of the 2006 European Tour season, the golfing world pauses to come together for the WGC - Algarve World Cup in Portugal.
Twenty-four teams will battle it out for a share of the $4,000,000 purse in the four round tournament which features two rounds of foursomes play and two rounds of fourballs.
Golf bags of Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson
The duo of Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson will try and be the first U.S. team to win the World Cup since the year 2000.
The United States, despite not drawing a Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson to the event, is still well represented with Stewart Cink - currently ranked 25th in the world - and Zach Johnson, ranked 49th.
The World Cup field consists of the top-ranked player from select countries, who then gets to choose his partner. If that player declines the offer, the invitation goes to the next player from that country in the rankings.
Cink, who earlier in the year went a mind-boggling 351 straight holes without a three-putt, and Johnson follow in the footsteps of the U.S. team of Scott Verplank and Bob Tway, who finished a disappointing seventh in 2004. It marked the first time in the event's 50-year history that the U.S. has gone four years without winning the title.
The last U.S. victory came in 2000 when Woods teamed up with David Duval for the win. Woods had also won the title the previous year when he was paired with good friend Mark O'Meara.
The team to beat this year could very well be England, who also happen to be the defending champions. England will be represented by Luke Donald - who teamed with Paul Casey last year for the title - and David Howell, who's brimming with confidence after he dispatched of Woods in last week's HSBC Champions event in China. The win vaulted the little-known Howell up to the 13th spot in the world rankings, the position Donald previously held before slipping two spots to 15th.
The only other team that comes close to matching England's lofty place in the world rankings is Spain, who comes in with the highest ranked player in the field in Sergio Garcia. Garcia will be paired with countryman Miguel Angel Jimenez who is currently 34th in the world. Garcia and Jimenez finished second last year to Donald and Casey.
Other top teams of note are Ireland's tandem of Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley. The Irish duo are the only team to have played in all five of the World Cup events since it became a part of the World Golf Championships in 2000.
Host nation Portugal will be making their debut in the World Cup, with Jose-Filipe Lima and Antonio Sobrinho representing their home country.
This is the 52nd edition of the World Cup which was started back in 1953 when it was originally called the Canada Cup and International Golf Championship. It became known as the World Cup of Golf in 1967 and in 2000 it became one of the four events that make up the World Golf Championships.
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