Australia Team-mates Could Face Off During Golf World Cup

Team-mates Adam Scott and Jason Day could end up playing against each other during this weekend's World Cup of Golf, due to a new tournament format being introduced.

Australian team-mates Adam Scott and Jason Day could end up competing against each other in the new format of the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne this weekend.

Since 1953’s inaugural World Cup, fellow countrymen have paired up into in two-man teams to battle against the other nations. However, this year’s $8million event will sees the 26 partnerships joined by another eight sole-representatives for their countries, taking the field total up to 60.

And, while only the 52 players are eligible for the $1 million first place team prize, any of the 60 can claim to $1.2million prize for the individual champion.

This shake up in the format – a prelude to the one that will be used at the Brazil 2016 Olympics – means that, for the first time ever in this competition, team-mates are separated into different groups over the first two days.

Thursday’s order of play sees world number two Scott renew Royal Melbourne rivalries with America’s Matt Kuchar – who he beat by two shots to win last week’s Australian Masters title – as the top two favourites are grouped with Italian Matteo Manassero. Meanwhile, Day will tee off against the 2010 U.S. Open champion, Graeme McDowell of Ireland, and Swede Jonas Blixt.

The Australian duo form one of the most formidible teams in the competition, but they could face being grouped together later in the competition. Should this happen, neither player would be able to concede putts or offer the other player any advice.

Sportingbet are currently offering a generous 11.00 on world number 18 Day to land the individual prize, while favourite Scott is priced at 4.00. They are also offering competitive odds on Australia to win the team prize (2.50) and for them to hold a First Round lead (3.25.) 

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