54 years and still going strong

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2007, 12:00am

First played: 1953 (as Canada Cup)

Reigning champions: Germany (Bernhard Langer/Marcel Siem)

Most victories (player): Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus (both US) - 6 each

Most victories (pairing): Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus (US), Fred Couples and Davis Love (US) - 4 each

Largest winning margin: Ernie Els and Wayne Westner (South Africa) - 18 shots (1996)

The US have won the World Cup this many times, the most by any nation: 23

Youngest player: Marko Vovk (Yugoslavia) - 15 (in 1979)

Oldest player: Flory van Donck (Belgium) - 67 (in 1979)

Most appearances (nation): Argentina, Australia, England, US (all with 52)

Most appearances (player): Jean Garaialde (France) - 25

The lowest 72-hole score was recorded by Japan's Toshimitsu Izawa and Shigeki Maruyama in 2002: 252

Total prizemoney: US$5 million

Winners' purse: US$1.6 million

Teams: 28 (two players from each nation)

Format: 72-hole strokeplay for two-man teams. Day one and three fourball (best ball), day two and day four foursomes.