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OMEGA MISSION HILLS WORLD CUP


Canada Cup at Wentworth, England in 1956, Hopkins declared, “The event has come of age.” Hopkins’


vision went beyond the


competition itself. “Golf is a civilized and a civilizing game,” he said. “It’s a game for good neighbors. It has the spice of good competition, while imposing the highest moral restraints. “It is my hope that the International


Tournament will serve through the spirit of the game to bind people together. The thousands, and hopefully, ultimately millions who watch these sportsmen must inevitably recognize the common bond that links all nations.” The tournament became known as


The Blackstone Course, host of the 2013 OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup.


AN OLD Favorite The OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup returns in 2013. W


When the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup is played in 2013, it will mark the 60th anniversary of the competition, which was introduced as the Canada Cup in Montreal. It was a cozy event then, with only seven nations participating—a far cry from the 24 teams that compete now. Even from the first, however, the


tournament has attracted some of the game’s biggest stars. Just consider some of the past champions: Roberto de Vicenzo and Antonio Cerdá of Argentina won the inaugural event; Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle (winners for Australia in 1954); Ben Hogan and Sam Snead (winners for the United States in 1956); four-time winners Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (for the U.S. in 1963-64 and 1966-67); Gary Player and Harold Henning (winners for South Africa in 1965); Tiger Woods and David Duval (U.S. winners in 2000), Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama and Toshi


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« IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT WILL SERVE THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME TO BIND PEOPLE TOGETHER. »


– John Jay Hopkins


Izawa (Japan’s winners in 2002), Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini (for South Africa in 2003) and Paul Casey and Luke Donald (English champs in 2004). You get the picture. The competition was created by John


Jay Hopkins, the president of General Dynamics Corporation, a company he originally formed. His name graces the trophy today. When Hogan and Snead won the fourth


the World Cup of Golf in 1967, and in 2000 it became one of the World Golf Championships events. Fifteen different nations have won the John Jay Hopkins Cup. Nicklaus has been a part of the most victories with six. Nicklaus’ four-time playing partner Palmer has the next highest number of wins with five. Fred Couples and Davis Love III equaled the record of team wins by Nicklaus and Palmer by winning four titles in consecutive years between 1992 and 1995.


THE U.S. WON IN 2011


Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States’ 11-year drought in golf’s OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup by shooting a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday to win by two strokes in 2011. The Americans made six birdies in


the alternate-shot final round at Mission Hills’


Blackstone course to finish at


24-under 264, picking up the 24th win for the U.S. Englishmen Ian Poulter and Justin Rose had the final day’s best round with a 63 to tie for second at 22-under with Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka (69). The American victory was the first


since Woods and Duval claimed the title 11 years earlier. The event was annual up to 2009, and last year’s tournament was the first in the new biennial format (no date for 2013 has been announced). “We really clicked,” said Woodland. “It’s fantastic to win for the U.S.” ■


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