World Cup format to be modified in 2013


The format for the 2013 World Cup will be modified to reflect how golf will be contested in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

'The World Cup will change format, and it will begin enjoying world rankings points, and it will still be held biennially and at around this time of year,' said Ken Chu, chairman and CEO of Mission Hills, according to Reuters.

The Olympic format to be played in Rio de Janeiro is a 72-hole, stroke-play event, with countries qualifying on the basis of the Official World Golf Ranking. For the '16 Games, a 60-player field will be assembled. The top 15 players in the OWGR will be exempt. After the top 15, the remaining 45 players would be selected based on world ranking, with each country allotted a maximum of two players not already among that nation's players in the top 15.

The World Cup last determined an individual champion in 1999, when Tiger Woods won in Malaysia. 

The LPGA has confirmed the creation of a similar event for next season.