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Scotland and Ireland Name World Cup Entrants

Ireland are all set while Scotland are hoping to repeat 2007

Posted Jul 28, 2011 by Chris White

Graeme McDowell will represent Ireland

Scotland and Ireland are sorting their players to represent their nations at this year’s World Cup, to be held at the Mission Hills course in Shenzhen, China.

The Irish team must have been extremely difficult to select, with three major winners in the past thirteen months coming from the North, in Rory McIlroy, (2011 US Open), Graeme McDowell, (2010 US Open) and Darren Clarke, (2011 Open), all in contention, along with Padraig Harrington.

The decision was left to world number four McIlroy, who selected McDowell as his partner for the competition, as he did two years ago, when the pair finished as runners-up to Italy and the Molinari brothers – Edoardo and Francesco.

McIlroy said he chose ‘G-Mac’ because he was “the next highest on the rankings”, which is probably the fairest way of doing things, rather than just picking a player you get on well with – it’s an international team competition, not just another round of individual golf.

Scotland, meanwhile, have gone with world number 28 Martin Laird, who will be making his debut at the World Cup, and his likely partner is world number 103 Stephen Gallacher, the next highest ranked Scotsman. Whoever does partner Laird, they will be looking to emulate Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren who held off Heath Slocum and Boo Weekly to win the World Cup in a play-off for Scotland back in 2007. 

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