Danny Willett and Lee Westwood to represent England in World Cup of Golf

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Danny Willett has selected Lee Westwood to represent England alongside him at this year’s World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.

As the highest-ranked English player to commit to the two-man team event from November 23-27, the Masters champion had the right to choose his partner and picked the man who finished second behind him at Augusta in April.

Willett, who finished 37th in the Olympic golf tournament in Rio on Sunday, said: “It’s always great to represent your country. You don’t get the chance to do it too often so I’m excited about playing the World Cup.

“I was at Royal Melbourne in 2013 and although I didn’t play as well as I would’ve liked, it was a cracking course and I’ve heard Kingston Heath is just as good.

“It’s a different format this time so I’m really looking forward to playing with Westy. He’s played in nine Ryder Cups and has unbelievable experience of foursomes and fourballs, so I couldn’t have picked a better partner.”

Westwood, 43, has never played in the World Cup but says team golf brings out the best in him.

“Over the past couple of years Danny has shown what he’s capable of and I’ve got no doubt he’s going to prove a great partner, so I’m looking forward to pairing up with him,” he said.

“I’ve always enjoyed team golf. It’s an exciting format and it adds to the occasion when you’re playing for your country, so hopefully we can bring the trophy home with us.”

Defending champions Australia will once again be represented by Adam Scott and world No 1 Jason Day, who won the individual title and combined with Scott to claim team victory.

The 2016 tournament reverts back to a 72-hole team event, with teams playing in foursomes on the first and third days of competition and in fourballs on the second and fourth.

Scotland will be represented by Russell Knox and his former Jacksonville University team-mate Duncan Stewart, the world number 392 who won his first tournament on the Challenge Tour earlier this year.

Knox, who is hoping to secure a Ryder Cup wild card after winning the Travelers Championship earlier this month, said: “I’ve never been to Australia so it was super exciting to get the chance to go there.

“I’ve heard the golf course is one of the best in the world so it will be fun. To represent Scotland is obviously a dream come true.”

Teams (as of August 15)

Australia – Jason Day and Adam Scott
USA – Bubba Watson and TBA
England – Danny Willett and Lee Westwood
Scotland – Russell Knox and Duncan Stewart
Japan – Hideki Matsuyama and TBA
Spain – Rafa Cabrera Bello and TBA
South Korea – Byeong Hun An and TBA
Argentina – Emiliano Grillo and TBA
Ireland – Shane Lowry and TBA
Sweden – Alex Noren and David Lingmerth
Thailand – Thongchai Jaidee and TBA
Denmark – Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen
New Zealand – Danny Lee and TBA
Italy – Francesco Molinari and TBA
Austria – Bernd Wiesberger and TBA
Belgium – Thomas Pieters and Nicolas Colsaerts
Netherlands – Joost Luiten and TBA
South Africa – Jaco Van Zyl and TBA
Venezuela – Jhonattan Vegas and Julio Vegas
Wales – Jamie Donaldson and TBA
France – Victor Dubuisson and TBA
Germany – Alex Cejka and TBA
Fiji – Vijay Singh and TBA
Portugal – Ricardo Gouveia and TBA
Canada – David Hearn and TBA
China – Wu Ashun and TBA
Pargaguay – Fabrizio Zanotti and TBA
Philippines – Miguel Tabuena and TBA

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