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Format and rules

The WGC world final and the Invitational are played over 72 holes, stroke play, with hcp adjustments after each round, giving all a fair and equal opportunity to become a world champion, both in the team championship and individually within each flight.

Team and individual

Players in both the Championship and the Invitational compete for individual titles within each flight, as well as a team title.

The Championship Team Competition combines the best four scores (of five) per day from the national team whereas the Invitational counts the combined total score of both team members.

Age rules

In order to participate in the world final you must be at least 14 years old (and must be accompanied by an adult if under 18).

Note: There will only be two tees, one for men and one for women.

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Handicap Documentation

All Partners/ team managers/captains supply WGC with a signed document listing their five championship players and the handicaps of the players on qualification. This signed document must be countersigned by a representative of the home country amateur golf union. I have attached a draft copy of what I would require to be on the document(Team Hcap Letter). This letter must be sent to WGC (admin@worldgolfers.com ) prior to arrival in South Africa.

IMPORTANT:

Countries that do not supply this completed document would be required to start the championship off the minimum allowable handicap in each flight. Handicap 0 -5, without paperwork means you start at 0.

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Handicap flights

The Championship is played in five handicap flights and the Invitational in six handicap flights, each played separately.

Handicap flights
0-5
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6-10
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11-15
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16-20
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21-25
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26-30*
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* This flight is only in the Invitational, not in the Championship. Players with hcp 31 and over must enter with a hcp 30. Exact flights are: 0-5.4, 5.5-10.4, 10.5-11.4, 11.5-15.4, etc.

All WGC players compete in the handicap flights they qualified into and most will play with their exact handicaps, with the following exceptions:

  • Players entering the world final with higher handicaps than the flights they qualified into will play with the highest handicap for their flight.
  • Players who enters the world final with lower handicaps than the flights into which they qualified will play with their current handicaps, even though they are lower then the flight.
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Equitable stroke control

Equitable Stroke Control sets a maximum number of strokes that a player can post on any hole during the tournament to par +5

In other words: If you are four over par on a hole, you pick up the ball and write the maximum strokes as shown below:

Maximum Strokes:

Par 3 = 8 strokes, Par 4 = 9 strokes, Par 5 = 10 strokes

This saves both time and frustration!

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Accredited referees

World Golfers Championship and Invitational uses accredited referees from golf federations during the world final. This ensures that the tournament is played under strict rules according to the rules of golf.

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Handicap adjustment

To cope with the varying handicap rules from around the world handicap adjustments are made after each round, balancing the scores creating fair game under equal conditions.

The adjustment is based on the players score against par.

Handicap Adjustment Chart
(par 72)
85 or higher =
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+3 strokes (max)
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80-84 =
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+2 strokes
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77-79 =
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+1 strokes
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70-76=
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no adjustment
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68-69 =
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-1 strokes
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66-67 =
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-2 strokes
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64-65 =
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-3 strokes
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62-63 =
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-4 strokes
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60-61 =
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-5 strokes
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58-59 =
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-6 strokes, etc
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Notes on different par:
Par 71:
69-75=No Adj. 67-68=-1, 76-78=+1, etc.
Par 73:
71-77=No Adj., 69-70=-1, 78-80 =+1, etc.

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