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2001 World Cup to be held in Japan

The 2001 World Golf Championships-World Cup will be held in Shizuoka, Japan, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced on Wednesday.

The event comprising two-man teams from 24 nations has been held each year since 1953, but will debut as a WGC tournament in December at Buenos Aires Golf Club in Argentina.

Next year's World Cup will be played at the Gotemba Course at The Taiheiyo Club in recognition of the 100-year anniversary of golf in Japan.

"We are very proud to be hosting this prestigious tournament," said Kosaku Shimada, chairman of the Japanese Golf Tour Organization. "We look forward to the challenge and the responsibilities that come with hosting a tournament of this caliber."

The Gotemba Course is considered among the top courses in the country. It was designed by Shunsuke Kato, one of Japan's leading golf architects, and offers views of Mt. Fuji from all areas of the course.

The Taiheiyo Club has hosted the Taiheiyo Masters since 1977. Past winners include three-time champion Lee Westwood of Britain, two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros of Spain and Australian Greg Norman.

The World Cup made its only previous Japan appearances in 1957, with the host team winning, and in 1966, when Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer teamed for a U.S. victory.

This year's World Cup will be the last of four WGC events played this season. The others are the Match Play Championship, the NEC Invitational and the American Express Championship.

The World Golf Championships are sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian PGA, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour, PGA Tour of Australia and Southern Africa Tour.


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