World Cup Selection Race

by | Sep 11, 2006

The next two months will be critical for the world’s leading women’s golf professionals, as the cut-off date for team selection for the 2007 Women’s World Cup of Golf at Sun City approaches.

The 22 countries participating in the $1.2-million tournament at the Gary Player Country Club from 19-21 January have until 10 November 2006 to finalise their teams.

The qualification process for the global event is two-fold, based on both country and player eligibility.

Sweden qualify automatically as the defending champions, while South Africa secure their place as the host country.

To qualify, countries must first fall within the top nine countries represented by individual golfers on the respective money lists of both the LPGA and Ladies European Tours, which are the official sanctioning tours of the Women’s World Cup of Golf.

The cut-off date for country eligibility is 8 October 2006 for the LPGA Tour, and 29 October 2006 for the Ladies European Tour.

Each team will consist of two players, with the highest-ranked player from each country gaining automatic selection.

As the number one player, she will have the right to select her team-mate, including from among players of amateur status.

Countries may select only one team. If a country meets the eligibility of both tours, it will then be up to the tours to invite, at their discretion, additional teams to compete.

The race for selection will intensify over the next few months as the LET still has four tournaments of its season left, while the LPGA has three tournaments left.

Each Tour season has a wealthy tournament upcoming in October, the Dubai Ladies Masters and Corona Morelia Championship respectively, which could play a significant role in final team selections.

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