Fowler, Walker, Pan commit to World Cup of Golf following Grillo, Watson WDs

    New Zealand’s Danny Lee selects Olympic teammate Ryan Fox as his partner

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    Melbourne, Victoria, AUS – Tournament officials today announced that six-time international tournament champion and recent U.S. Olympian Rickie Fowler has replaced Bubba Watson as the top player to represent the United States at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, at Kingston Heath Golf Club on November 23-27. Fowler quickly chose six-time PGA TOUR champion Jimmy Walker, who won his first career major championship at the U.S. PGA Championship this year, to be his partner in the two-man team competition.

    Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo also withdrew from the event and after Andres Romero chose not to commit, CT Pan of Chinese Taipei committed as the next player to qualify. In 1972, Hsieh Min-Nan and Lu Liang-Huan won the World Cup of Golf for Chinese Taipei in Australia.

    Additionally, New Zealand’s Danny Lee confirmed his selection of his Olympic teammate Ryan Fox as his partner for the 58th edition of the event. Lee, a three-time winner internationally, finished T20 in his only previous appearance at the World Cup of Golf in 2009.

    Watson had expressed his desire to play on the U.S. Team for some time and while he was excited to represent his country and play in Australia, he ultimately changed his mind due to scheduling and personal reasons.

    “It was a very difficult choice not to play in the World Cup of Golf. I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent my country and to play in Australia, a place where I have always enjoyed playing golf,” Watson said. “Rickie and Jimmy will do a great job as a team and I wish them the best.”

    Fowler and Walker will both be playing in the World Cup of Golf for the first time. Fowler, a three-time champion on the PGA TOUR has also won events on the European Tour and the Asian Tour. He begins the FedExCup Playoffs this week at No. 28 in the standings with 7 top-10 finishes. Fowler began the season coming off his most successful season of his career in 2014-2015 where he won twice on the PGA TOUR with a memorable and historic performance at THE PLAYERS Championship and later at the Deutsche Bank Championship — where he will defend his title next week. He also won the European Tour’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in 2015.

    Walker and Fowler were paired together twice at The Presidents Cup 2015, most notably winning over Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee 5-and-4.

    “Coming off the amazing experience that I had at the Olympics, it’s great to have the chance to put on the red, white and blue again and play for the United States in the World Cup of Golf,” Fowler said. “Jimmy is not only one of my favorite guys out here on TOUR, but he is clearly one of the most talented players on our TOUR as well. I think we’ll make a fantastic team and our strengths will work well together. I’ve heard great things about Kingston Heath and can’t wait to get to Australia.”

    In his sixth start at the PGA Championship, Walker followed a holed bunker shot for birdie at the par-4 10th with a 30’ 2” birdie at the par-4 11th to get to 13-under and two strokes clear of Jason Day. Walker would never lose the outright lead, post a 3-under 67 and claim a one-stroke victory. The win was Walker’s first major championship. All of Walker’s six PGA TOUR victories have come in the last three seasons after playing seven seasons on TOUR without a win.

    The top players from the 28 qualifying countries committed to the event on August 16 and have until August 26 to officially choose their playing partners. Already, the field for the World Cup of Golf in 2016 has a number of golf’s biggest names joining Fowler and Walker including defending champions Jason Day and Adam Scott, England’s Danny Willett and Lee Westwood and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.

    The 2016 tournament will return to a 72-hole, stroke play, two-man team event format. The first and third days of competition will be the foursomes (alternate shot) format and the second and final days are fourball (best ball) play.
    Full list of confirmed players:

    Name

    Partner

    Country

    Jason Day Adam Scott

    AUS

    Rickie Fowler Jimmy Walker

    USA

    Danny Willett Lee Westwood

    ENG

    Russell Knox Duncan Stewart

    SCO

    Hideki Matsuyama TBA

    JPN

    Rafa Cabrera Bello TBA

    ESP

    Byeong Hun An TBA

    KOR

    Shane Lowry TBA

    IRL

    Alex Noren David Lingmerth

    SWE

    Thongchai Jaidee TBA

    THA

    Soren Kjeldsen Thorbjorn Olesen

    DEN

    Danny Lee Ryan Fox

    NZL

    Francesco Molinari TBA

    ITA

    Bernd Wiesberger TBA

    AUT

    Thomas Pieters Nicolas Colsaerts

    BEL

    Joost Luiten TBA

    NED

    Jaco Van Zyl TBA

    RSA

    Jhonattan Vegas Julio Vegas

    VEN

    Jamie Donaldson TBA

    WAL

    Victor Dubuisson TBA

    FRA

    Alex Cejka TBA

    GER

    Vijay Singh TBA

    FIJ

    Ricardo Gouveia TBA

    POR

    David Hearn TBA

    CAN

    Wu Ashun TBA

    CHN

    Fabrizio Zanotti TBA

    PAR

    Miguel Tabuena TBA

    PHI

    C.T. Pan TBA

    TPE

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