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Wales Granted Entry To World Cup

Drop outs allow the Welsh automatic entry

Posted Aug 04, 2011 by Chris White

The Welsh have qualified automatically for the event in China

Wales will not have to qualify for this year’s Omega World Cup after being nominated as one of the 18 nations to be exempt from the qualification process.

The duo of Jamie Donaldson and Rhys Davies were originally listed in 19th place based on the current world rankings, but the withdrawal of a number of players has meant that the Welsh pair qualified for automatic entry.

The Welsh team will now head straight to Mission Hills in November, along with Thailand and Zimbabwe, with nine more nations to be added after the qualification events in Asia, Europe and South America.

Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Paul Casey all turned down the chance to represent England, but Ian Poulter has been confirmed for the fifth time. The Irish pair of Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell is already confirmed, with Martin Laird waiting to find out his partner for Scotland.

The Italians are the reigning champions thanks to the Molinari brothers when the tournament was last staged, two years ago, also at Mission Hills in China.

Matt Kuchar will represent America, with his partner to be confirmed, while South Africa have paired Charl Schwartzel with Louis Oosthuizen in a very strong team. Brendan Jones and Richard Green will represent Australia, who are without five players, including Adam Scott.

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