FIFG FootGolf 2018 World Cup gets underway in Marrakesh Morocco with Frenchmen Alexandre Richer and Nicolas Pussini topping the leaderboard.
The third edition of the FIFG FootGolf World Cup is underway in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh with France already dominating the leaderboard with Alexandre Richer and Nicolas Pussini posting first round scores of 9 and 8 under par respectively.
Britain’s Jamie Cullum from the university town of Cambridge posted a first round 63, seven under, to claim the third place on the leaderboard after day one.
Current World Cup holders ‘Team USA’ are looking to retain their title in Morocco but will face stiff competition from France, the UK and 2016 World Cup beaten finalists Argentina.
Over 500 players from 33 nations are competing for both the World Cup team trophy and the individual men’s, women’s and seniors titles.
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2018 FIFG FootGolf World Cup Format
Individuals and national teams compete at the World Cup Finals for the men’s team title, men’s individual title and women’s and senior’s individual titles. After players have completed two rounds of the competition the field is cut down to 220 players and 16 national teams. The national team cut is determined by the top four individual scores after round two of the men’s competition. The men’s single tournament then sees a further cut as the best 100 players enter the final day on Sunday 16th December. The team tournament takes place in a knock-out format with FootGolfers going head-to-head in a combination of singles, foursome and fourball matches on Saturday 15th December.
Schedule for the 3rd edition of the FIFG FootGolf World Cup Finals:
Tuesday 11th - round 2 of each categories
Wednesday 12th - round of 16 team competition
Thursday 13th - round 3 of each categories
Friday 14th - The VIP FootGolf Challenge
Saturday 15th - World Cup Team Competition (Matchplay)
Sunday 16th - World Cup Men’s, Ladies & Seniors final rounds. (Strokeplay)
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Roberto Balestrini, FIFG President:
“So winning the World Cup for a team, I won’t say it’s more important than winning an individual World Cup but its creates a lot of excitement for a lot of people. So i think that in this World Cup I won’t mention the names of the teams but we have some very strong teams and I think that we are going to see the best of our sport.”
Romauld Pretot, Co-President, World Cup Organising Committee:
“So the styles of FootGolf differ depending on the course a player is playing on. Not everybody has an opportunity to open a course in their country. Now there are two here in Morocco, there are over forty in France maybe seven or eight in Switzerland. Each country has difficulty to open a FootGolf course so in fact the style of play depends on the course a player has available to practice on.”
Nicolas Pussini, Team France (2nd after Day one. 8 under par):
“Today it was fine, I started slowly only par at every hole and then after hole 10 berdie, berdie, berdie, so minus 8 is a very good score today although better is minus 9 but I’m happy with minus 8.”
Jamie Cullum, Team UK (3rd after Day one. 7 under par)
“I was pretty much mistake free I only made one mistake I made just a bogie when I was potentially looking at double bogey or worse so I played a pretty good. The first round is always so important because you can’t win the tournament in the first round but you can certainly lose it and be out of it! So to post that sort of score in the first round I’m obviously delighted.”
Jordan Godfrey, Team USA (Day one 3 under par)
“I think the first time around were definitely were, now people have their eyes on us a little more but I think we are definitely coming in as underdogs this second time around. We do have a lot of new players on the team and compared to last time a little bit less experience but we’re going to come out and do our best to put our talents on display.”
Fred Kuipers, Dutch Coach:
“I think we have good players for the team event too, perhaps we have candidates for the world title at the seniors and the mens. Of course it’s a good competition it’s a tough course I noticed this today because I played it myself, although I’m the manager and don’t play the competition. I have tried to get the team really connected so they can perform very well at this World Cup.”
Alberto de Benito, Team Spain:
“So we know that there are alot of teams who were playing FootGolf for a long time before us, like Argentina, the UK, the Italians and the the Netherlands, so we are not afraid of them but we want to be at the same level. In the last few months the Spanish team were in a competition in Portugal and we were at the same level as the Swiss and the Portuguese, so we don’t have to be afraid of other teams. We just want to be at their level.“
Steven Sui, FootGolf China, President:
“FootGolf is a developing sport in China with only four years of competition but more and more Chinese people are liking this sport and enjoying this sport including the professional former footballers, ladies, seniors and children. They try it once and they find that they love this game. I think it’s for sure that more and more Chinese people will play this game in the future, and as the Chinese Federation that is our goal.”
Tuesday will be so interesting in the World Cup thanks to the cut, from when only the best 220 footgolfers can be the champion in the men category. On the first day nothing has been decided, but there were a lot of unexpected results.
More than 450 players were on the course on the first day of the third World Cup in Marrakech, Morocco. Al Maaden was the centre of the WC, where almost 400 footgolfers (in men category) wanted to start the tournament as they dreamed about. Only 35 were able to play under par, but it means nothing at this stage, because half of them played on Al Maaden 1, and half of them on Al Maaden 2. To clear it, on Tuesday they play the other course also to get the result of two rounds.
The seniors and the ladies have started the competition on Monday also but on the Montgomerie course. They play on Tuesday and Thursday there also to decide whose 25-25 footgolfers can be in the cut and play on the final day for the first place.
The best 16 teams (decided by the first two men category rounds) will play match play format on Wednesday to reach the final four on Saturday (semis and final).
Team standings after the first round:
1 - France -26
2 -Argentine -21
3 - UK -17
The full list is available on the application with the flights for Tuesday also.
In the first time in footgolf history, the best senior and woman will be crowned as the best of the world until the end of the week, while FIFG is looking for the third world champion in men and second in team category in this year's biggest World Tour event.
After the practice weekend, the final countdown has come to the end and after almost three years (from January, 2016) another World Cup, the biggest World Tour event has begun on Monday. With 450 players from almost 40 countries tries to reach the podium in four categories.
After the kingdom of Béla Lengyel (HUN) from 2012 to 2016 and Christian Otero (ARG) from 2016 there will be third time to celebrate the best male footgolfer of the world on Sunday.
In the second World Cup for the first time ever, eight countries tried their luck. After three games without losing in elimination system in match play format, team USA became the first team world champion. Now after the first two days results, the best 16 teams are playing in knockout format until the finals on Saturday.
For the first time, the best male players over 45 years and ladies can win gold in their own category in a World Cup.
Thanks to the amount of footgolfers, the organizers reserved the Montgomerie and the Al Maaden golf clubs (one and two courses) to bring the best of the world to Africa for the first time in footgolf history.
The first individual day has started on Monday.
You can follow the event with the FIFG World Cup application, on facebook, on the official website.
Live scores of the first day:
During the press conference on Sunday, FIFG has announced the footgolf application for the Paris 2024 official Olympic program, which can be a start to reach one of our dreams.