Ireland were a rarity in fielding their top two in Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. England were represented by Ian Poulter and Justin Rose when they could have had two of the top three in the world in Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.
The United States won the World Cup by two shots from England and Germany in China. PHOTO: Getty
But don't blame the golfers. It's the end of the year, lines have to be drawn somewhere and no one is likely to use their success or otherwise in golf's World Cup to measure their career.
This is a shame because the tournament currently has an excellent format with each country's representatives pairing up to play in fourballs and foursomes on alternate days.
It has the potential to attract new fans to the game and provide a title of genuine worth, but it is a victim of muddled thinking; a by-product of the way the game is run.
There are far too many governing bodies across the golfing globe for there to be any chance of a sensible calendar, never mind organising a World Cup of true meaning.
Between them they come up with a calendar that has the Masters in April and the other three majors squeezed into an eight or nine-week period across the northern hemisphere summer.
These are the events by which we are supposed to measure golfers and three of the four are staged in America.
Then you have the likes of the PGA and European Tours
and circuits in Asia, Africa and Australasia responsible for the rest of the calendar.
Essentially they are rival bodies driven largely by self interest. None would be keen on a "World Tour" that many fans would love to see and a circuit that could easily support a genuine World Cup.
This scenario will never happen, but imagine one all-powerful governing body determining when and where the top golfers play.
They certainly would not come up with such a lop-sided and haphazard calendar.
Interestingly, the outgoing sponsors of the World Cup have spoken out in frustration at the current global set-up.
"We've told all the tours that they have to stop being too greedy. There are too many tournaments and they are adding tournaments all the time."
Urquhart believes the tours have treated the World Cup, which has a 10-year contract to be staged at Mission Hills in China, as a mere "stopgap" event.
"They need to show Asia more respect," he said. "Why can't there be a big event like the World Cup here in Asia in June? What's the difference in taking a flight from London to Beijing or London to Los Angeles?"
Omega has withdrawn its backing for the World Cup and is taking over sponsorship of the Hong Kong Open instead.
"Done properly and packaged properly and staged at a better time of year, no one would go anywhere else in the world that given week but to play in the World Cup," Urquhart went on to argue.
He is also correct when states that this biennial tournament needs to move to different venues rather than base itself in China.
It has been reported that this may have been the last World Cup, but the signs are it will continue and that new backers are being found.
Depressingly, though, the current format is likely to be binned in 2013.
As if we don't have enough 72-hole individual strokeplay golf events, it looks as though the competition will follow the structure that is the staple diet of the professional game and mirror the likely set-up that will be used in the 2016 Olympics.
World ranking points will make it more attractive to the players but unless the tournament can find other ways to make sure all the best golfers turn up, the World Cup will never live up to its potential.
But that in many respects is true of the game at large, which at every level is made up of too many co-existing bodies rather than a cohesive, all powerful organisation running the sport.
On the other hand, look at the controversies that invariably seem to dog the likes of Fifa in football and you might consider golf's numerous bosses - none of whom can get genuinely too big for their blazers - to be the preferable option.
If that is the case then you simply have to accept a World Cup that isn't exactly what it says on the tin as a price that has to be paid.