Lowry and McDowell hope to end 2016 with World Cup glory

The duo are representing Ireland in Australia

Lowry and McDowell hope to end 2016 with World Cup glory

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The World Cup of Golf returns to the sporting calendar this week, as Kingston Heath GC in Melbourne hosts the 58th edition of the event.

It's the first time the tournament has taken place since 2013. Three years ago, the tournament was won by the Australian duo of Adam Scott and Jason Day. Scott returns this year and is joined by Marc Leishman.

Ireland are represented by Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell. The duo reform their partnership from 2013, and will look to become the first Irish team to win the event since Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington triumphed at Kiawah Island in 1997. 

In a packed field, 28 countries play as duos over the space of four days. Rounds 1 and 3 are played in four-balls, with the other two rounds being used with alternate shots. 

While some players have pulled out such as Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson, the field remains very strong.

Lowry and McDowell are one of the strongest teams in the event, with the Australians and America (Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker) among the favourites.

The World Cup may have lost some of its lustre, but there are not many chances for players to represent their country. Lowry and McDowell will be looking for the win.

The former US Open champion came very close to winning the title, with Rory McIlroy, in 2009. After leading for three rounds, the duo were eventually beaten by Italy's Molinari brothers. 

This week, he will hope to go one better.