ISPS Handa agrees to sponsor World Cup


While it remains to be seen what kind of field will travel to Australia in November for this year’s World Cup, officials announced on Wednesday that the event has landed a new title sponsor.

ISPS Handa, a charitable foundation founded by philanthropist Haruhisa Handa, has agreed to sponsor the event, which will be played Nov. 21-24 at Royal Melbourne. No further details of the deal were given.

The deadline for qualifying for this year’s event is Sept. 23 and will include a slightly new selection process.

Countries with up to four players within the top 15 in the World Ranking on Sept. 23 can send all four to the World Cup. Conversely, a country with just one player who qualifies could send just that player to compete.

This year’s World Cup will feature an individual competition as well as a team component that will be determined via an aggregate score, a move that should allow more countries to compete in the event.