Cooling off from World Cup fever? Think again: You can catch the World Golf Championships–
Barbados World Cup from December 5 to 10. Chances are, there won’t be any head-butting at the Sandy Lane Resort Country Club Course, but the two-man teams from 24 nations will still be playing their hearts out for honor and glory, not to mention a $4 million purse. By Thomas Bedell

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Winning Streak
From the inaugural tilt in 1953 in Montreal (it was then called the Canada Cup), the United States has won the World Cup trophy 23 times — although not since the pairing of David Duval and Tiger Woods in 2000 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. South Africa is in a distant second place, with five wins. The Welsh team of Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge won in Portugal last year. The U.S. pairings of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer and Davis Love III and Fred Couples each won a record four times, Love and Couples for four years running (1992 to 1995).

Path to the Purse
The lowest stroke play score wins, but the teams get there by playing Four-ball on Thursday and Saturday (the best ball of the two teammates on each hole), and Foursomes on Friday and Sunday (the teammates hitting alternate shots). The tournament will be broadcast from three to six p.m. Eastern time each day, airing on ESPN Thursday and Friday and on ABC Saturday and Sunday.

Alternate Courses of Action
Tom Fazio designed the Country Club Course at Sandy Lane ( as well as the luxury resort’s acclaimed new track, the Green Monkey. Other fine picks on the island are the Barbados Golf Club ( and the Royal Westmoreland Golf Club (