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2005 World Cup goes to Portugal

Next year's World Cup of Golf will be staged at the Victoria Clube de Golfe Course at Vilamoura in Portugal, the European Tour announced on Monday.

The World Golf Championship (WGC) event, to be contested by 24 nations, will take place at the Arnold Palmer-designed layout from November 17-20 with minimum prize money of $4 million.

It will be the first time the World Cup has been played in Portugal but the 13th edition to be staged in Europe since 1953, when it was originally called the Canada Cup.

This year's World Cup is being hosted at the Real Golf Club in Seville, Spain from November 18-21.

The holders are South Africa's Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini, who won last year's title by four strokes from England's Justin Rose and Paul Casey at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

The World Cup is the last of four annual tournaments which make up the WGC.

WGC events are sanctioned and organised by the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian PGA Tour, the European Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, U.S. PGA Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia and the Southern Africa Tour.

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