Kuchar commits to World Cup

World number six Matt Kuchar has confirmed his participation at the World Cup of Golf that is scheduled between the 21st and 24th of November at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, it has been announced.

Kuchar has already confirmed his participation to play in the Australian Masters that takes place over the previous weekend at the same course and as a result, he will know the nuances of the course better than the rest of the field as he looks to add to his two titles already this season. Kuchar is the defending champion in the event after he teamed up with fellow American Gary Woodland to win the title in 2011 but it is yet to be seen which other players from his country joins him in the lineup.

The selection process for the tournament is extremely complicated to say the least and will depend a lot on the Official World Golf Rankings. The top 60 players on the list as of the 23rd of September will be making the trip to Australia and for the first time in the history of the tournament, countries that have four players inside the top 15 in the Official World Golf Rankings will be allowed to send in four players for the event, which means Matt Kuchar will have some of the biggest names in golf from the United States of America to choose as his partner.

Only America and England have four players inside the top 15 at this moment and the American team could features the likes of Phil Mickelson, world number one Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker along with Kuchar where as the English team could have the likes of Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter on the roster. But only Matt Kuchar has committed to the event so far.

Poulter on a season of misses

English golfer Ian Poulter referred to another season of failure in the major championships as the one that got away, referring mainly to his amazing last day challenge at The Open before falling just short of the winning standard.

He mentioned that it was extremely disappointing to be able to get into that position that he got himself in and still not manage to get the job done. (more…)

About the US Masters

The US Masters, officially known as the Masters Tournament and sometimes referred to as just The Masters is one of the four major championships in the US PGA Tour of professional golf and is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the golfing calendar. The tournament tees off in the first week of April every year and is usually the first major championship of the season.

Unlike the other major tournaments in the calendar, the Masters usually takes place at the same venue each year, at the Augusta National Golf Club which is a private golf club in the city of Augusta in Georgia, United States of America. Started by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, The Masters has gone on to become a pioneering golf tournament. Jones had a lot of input in designing the course where the tournament is still held to date along with the main architect of the course, Alister McKenzie.

The US Masters is an official tournament in the money event of the US PGA Tour, the Japan Golf Tour as well as the European Tour. Moreover, the field of players taking part in this event is also smaller compared to the other major championships because the event is an invitational tournament with the invitations being sent out by the Augusta National Golf Club.

There are a lot of traditions that the event upholds with the awarding of the Green Jacket to the winner being one of the prime ones. The winner must return the jacket to the club house one year to the day after winning the title at the US Masters. Ben Hogan inaugurated the champions’ dinner in 1952 and is also another tradition that has been upheld by the organizers of the event with much dignity since its inceptions all those years back.