World Cup of Golf 2018: Current form guide for this week's event in Melbourne

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Check out the form of the 56 players teeing-up in the World Cup of Golf at The Metropolitan Club in Australia. Andy Swales supplies the stats...

"In 2018, Kyle Stanley finished sixth in Greens in Regulation and was seventh in Driving Accuracy, which should come in handy around The Metropolitan, as well as in foursomes play."

Fifty-six pros have travelled to Australia to contest this week's World Cup of Golf at The Metropolitan Club in Melbourne.

This two-man team event brings together 28 nations for a competition which remains one of the most prestigious titles in golf.

Contested over 72 holes of strokeplay, the teams will try and shoot low on Thursday and Saturday in fourballs, while the more tricky foursomes is used for Friday and Sunday.

The Metropolitan is located around six miles south-east of Melbourne city centre, and over the years has staged almost every important tournament Australia has to offer.

These include the country's national open, as well as the Australian PGA and Australian Masters and, in 2001, was the venue for the WGC-Matchplay Championship won by Steve Stricker.

Opened in 1908, The Metropolitan is laid out in Melbourne's sand belt district and has large, Bentgrass putting surfaces that are firm and fast.

Tree-lined, and with plenty of natural hazards, the course has more than 100 sand bunkers ready to gobble up any loose shots.

Leading Contenders

With accuracy the key, as is often the case on these traditional mature Australian courses, the American duo of Matt Kuchar and Kyle Stanley will fancy their chances.

Kuchar returned to the winners' enclosure on the PGA Tour earlier this month, while Stanley has enjoyed his most consistent season to date.

The former is already in the country, having contested last week's Australian Open, and was a member of the victorious US team which won this competition seven years ago.

As for Stanley, the 31-year-old reached a career high No 26 in the world a few months ago, on the back of a solid season from tee-to-green.

In 2018, he finished sixth in Greens in Regulation and was seventh in Driving Accuracy, which should come in handy around The Metropolitan, as well as in foursomes play.

European Challenge

Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton team-up for England, hoping to recapture some of the energy which helped them during Europe's Ryder Cup victory in Paris two months ago.

If team spirit is to play a big part, then Ireland should do well in the form of Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry.

Reigning champions from 2016, Denmark, keep the same victorious pairing of Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen, while Adrian Otaegui and Jorge Campillo could form a strong partnership for Spain who last lifted the trophy in 1984.

Denmark's success two years ago came at the Kingston Heath course, just four miles away in another part of the Melbourne suburbs.

Home Strength

Australia must fancy their chances on home soil, with Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman both in decent form right now.

Leishman is also the highest-ranked golfer taking part and will still be full of confidence following his PGA Tour success at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last month.

Finally, don't be surprised if Korea and China challenge for the title this week with both nations fielding their strongest possible teams.

Korea go with Byeong-Hun An and Si Woo Kim - both inside the world's top 60 - while China are represented by Li Hao Tong and Ashun Wu.

Li and Wu tied-for-second behind the Danes in Melbourne two years ago.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: The 2013 World Cup was an individual event and has not been included in the table of results below.

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W46 W45 W44 W43 W42 W41 W40 W39 W38 W37 W36 W35
Ian Poulter (Eng) 51 21 10 51 MC
Tyrrell Hatton (Eng) 22 22 14 2 29 12
Kyle Stanley (USA) 22 66 13 15 45 12
Matt Kuchar (USA) 23 1 57 28 43
Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 72 29 42 48 56 6 12 12
Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 45 7 7 MC 20 20
Cameron Smith (Aus) 10 54 7 22 20 65 3
Marc Leishman (Aus) 18 1 21 41 21
Paul Dunne (Ire) 41 59 18 42 MC 44 MC MC
Shane Lowry (Ire) 30 35 14 2 34 MC 6
Dylan Frittelli (SA) 7 21 54 25 39 9 42
Erik Van Rooyen (SA) 26 60 35 22 MC MC 11 35 5
Adrian Otaegui (Spn) 4 16 3 62 MC MC 24 MC 10
Jorge Campillo (Spn) 51 46 35 54 Dq MC 44 15 55
Alexander Bjork (Swe) 12 57 14 28 2 MC Wd
Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 49 27 55 MC 29 MC MC MC MC 45
Byeong-Hun An (Kor) 10 41 41 13 8 29 31
Si Woo Kim (Kor) 26 15 23 10 41 35
Li Hao Tong (Chn) 30 5 2 11 9 5 27 24 MC
Ashun Wu (Chn) 34 16 47 64 44 1 6 49
Thomas Detry (Bel) 29 7 3 MC 48 MC 3 MC 7
Thomas Pieters (Bel) 12 18 18 30 60 MC 34
Alexander Levy (Fra) 34 Wd 10 28 42 32 MC 20 56
Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 30 11 43 48 MC MC 3
Hideto Tanihara (Jpn) 34 55 35 MC MC MC 3 6 37
Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn) 41 37 43 17 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) 9 46 23 4 33 MC 45
Prom Meesawat (Tha) 19 6 37 55 15
Martin Laird (Sco) MC 28 7 46
Russell Knox (Sco) 34 23 68 MC 43
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) MC 10 MC 63 MC MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) 46 27 26 26 8 MC
Andrea Pavan (Ita) 22 11 33 22 16 5 20 MC
Renato Paratore (Ita) 27 30 MC MC 32 27 36 MC
Martin Kaymer (Ger) 55 21 5 MC MC 15 MC MC
Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) 60 54 5 MC MC MC 36 35
Adam Hadwin (Can) 10 30 10 MC 19 21
Nick Taylor (Can) MC 36 26 53
Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 34 MC 32 Wd MC
Mikko Korhonen (Fin) 57 16 35 3 48 12 24 45
Abraham Ancer (Mex) 1 21 4 73 5 51 7
Roberto Diaz (Mex) MC 57 MC MC 17 5 25
Daan Huizing (Ned) 3 MC 21 MC 41 MC
Joost Luiten (Ned) 22 27 23 11
Ben Leong (Mal) 54 6 MC 13 31
Gavin Green (Mal) 57 47 52 9 MC MC MC 12 MC
Mark Brown (NZ) MC MC 14
Ryan Fox (NZ) 45 50 23 30 MC 24 27 MC 30
Bradley Dredge (Wal) 52 MC MC 16 6 MC 49
Stuart Manley (Wal) 42 26 MC 46 24 MC 4
Jhonattan Vegas (Ven) 38 28 MC 53 MC
Joseph Naffah (Ven) MC
Benjamin Follett-Smith (Zim) MC MC MC
Scott Vincent (Zim) 59 37 66 7 13 2 56
Alexander Tranacher (Gre)
Peter Karmis (Gre) 11 48 24 10 1
Nations 2016 2011 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Australia 9 4 6 3 21 8 17 10
Belgium 13 28
Canada 11 25 13 17 15 20
China 2 18 22 17 11
Denmark 1 13 14 13 10 18 5 14
England 13 2 4 6 4 15 2 1
Finland 21 13
France 2 13 20 10 3 20 4 15
Germany 13 2 7 5 6 1 8 7
Greece
India 22 14 17 17 9
Ireland 9 4 2 16 24 12 12 3
Italy 6 17 1 19 17 8 17
Japan 6 20 5 3 25 23 15 10
Korea 22 9 7 26 11 19 12 10
Malaysia 22
Mexico 13 27 8 17 24
Netherlands 17 4 6 6 5
New Zealand 11 16 20 22 27 15
Scotland 19 4 28 19 1 2 20 18
South Africa 13 12 7 7 5 4 12 4
Spain 8 9 27 2 13 5 10 2
Sweden 5 25 2 1 6 3 2 7
Thailand 19 18 16 7 15
United States 2 1 7 9 2 5 17 7
Venezeula 27 12 28 24
Wales 22 8 7 25 22 8 1 10
Zimbabwe 11
No of Teams: 28 28 28 28 28 28 24 24
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