Kuchar, Manassero commit to World Cup


Matt Kuchar has committed to play in the World Cup at Royal Melbourne. Now, it remains to be seen who will join him.

On Tuesday, Kuchar was announced as one of the early commitments for the Nov. 21-24, along with Matteo Manassero (Italy) and Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand).

Kuchar partnered with Gary Woodland to win the World Cup when it was last contested in 2011.

This year’s World Cup will feature world-ranking points and a slight change in qualifying to more closely resemble the 2016 Olympics. It will continue to be based on the Official World Rankings through Sept. 23, but countries with four players in the top 15 in the OWGR can send them all to Australia, while a country with just one player who qualifies could send him to compete.

Using that current system, four players from both the United States (Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker) and England (Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter) would qualify, though it should be noted that neither Woods nor Mickelson have played this event since 2002.