Kuchar applauds World Cup decision

Matt Kuchar has applauded the decision to change the World Cup of Golf back to a team competition, after the event's previous format came under severe criticism.

Kuchar and his partner Gary Woodland powered the United States to victory at the 2011 event in China but was left disappointed when the 2013 event in Melbourne when the emphasis was placed on individual stroke play instead.

As a result, the majority of the prize money was awarded to Jason Day, while the team component – won by Day and Adam Scott – was something of an afterthought.

"I think that's the right decision for the tournament," Kuchar told reporters on Friday.

"I think it needs to go back to what it was. You look at the list of champions – the list of champions is as good a list as maybe there is in golf.

"The teams that have partnered up from the Jack (Nicklaus) and Arnies (Arnold Palmer) to the Davis Love and Fred Couples – might have a Tiger (Woods) and David Duval on there.

"It's quite impressive that list of champions.

"I think great players enjoy playing that different format, for a team format, getting to have a partner, to have some fun with a partner and challenge some good golf courses.

"I've played the team format, I've played the individual format, I think the team format is much more fun and more alluring to the top players.

"The top players play enough stroke-play events."

Next year's event once again takes place in Melbourne, but this time there will be no individual event, with two-man teams from each country playing four rounds of foursomes and fourballs.

Kuchar is a fan of the Melbourne of the Melbourne sand-belt courses and believes the venue for the event will contribute to the tournament being a huge success.

"I think Royal Melbourne's a fantastic golf course and it would be a great draw for the tournament," he said.