field of 20 countries for the 2008 Women’s World Cup of Golf has been confirmed
with Sweden, Japan, Taiwan,
Spain, India and the Philippines
joining the rest of the world’s best women golfers at Sun
City from 18-20 January.
Sweden will be one of the favourites for
the title with the in-form Sophie Gustafson and Maria Hjorth teaming up.
Both are in a position to win the Ladies European Tour (LET) money list this
weekend in Dubai,
with Gustafson second and Hjorth fourth. Gustafson last represented Sweden
in the 2005 Women’s World Cup of Golf.
As a member
of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and a
life member of the LET, Gustafson has accumulated four LPGA and 22
international wins in her career. She is also a two-time LET Order of Merit
winner and has represented Europe
in The Solheim Cup in each match since 1998.
Hjorth has accumulated more than $3.5 million in career
earnings and three victories on the LPGA, including a win at the Navistar LPGA
Classic in September. She is also a five-time winner on the LET,
recording 19 additional top-10 finishes, and is a three-time member of the
European Solheim Cup team in 2002, 2005 and 2007.
Hjorth has an enviable amateur record and was the Finnish,
Norwegian, Greek, Spanish and European champion. She also won the Scottish
Stroke Play, Sherry Cup and St Rule Trophy.
will also have a strong team, represented by the colourful veteran team of
Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin. The pair tied for second at the
inaugural Women’s World Cup of Golf in 2005. Both Rosales and Delasin
have career earnings of more than $2 million, with Rosales notching up two
professional wins and Delasin four.
are always very competitive, having won the inaugural tournament. In her second year representing Japan, Shinobu Moromizato will team
with the exotically named Miki Saiki to try and repeat the 2005 feat of
the very popular Ai Miyazato and Rui Kitada.
had a well-decorated amateur career, which included a win at the Japan Women’s
Amateur three years ago.
the record for the fastest victory since joining the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA) with
a win at the Fujisankei Ladies Classic. She won just 112 days after becoming
professional, breaking the record of 146 days set by Miyazato in 2004.
The duo from
Taiwan are an unknown entity but Amy Hung has won 50 junior and amateur events
worldwide and has annually moved up the LPGA Official Money List, finishing 44th
in 2007 and recorded four top-10 finishes. She was also a member of the
fourth-placed team at the Asian Games.
has had a modest career since turning professional in 2001, collecting just
under $50,000 in earnings.
India will make their first appearance in
the tournament, and will be represented by Simi Mehra and Irina Brar. Mehra is India’s first
player to qualify for the LPGA Tour.
And Spain will be
led by Paula Marti and Tania Elosegui. Both are no strangers to top flight
golf. Marti has won twice on the LET, while Elosegui is a regular member of the
tournament will be headlined by the return of defending champions Paraguay and
the inclusion of a number of major champions and Hall of Famers.
Julieta Granada and Celeste Troche will once again represent Paraguay in the
$1.4 million event.
Ashleigh Simon will partner with the experienced Laurette Maritz in their
fourth Women’s World Cup of Golf together. But this will be Simon’s first as a
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