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AUS­TRALIAN Adam Scott yes­ter­day picked Marc Leish­man to part­ner him at next month’s World Cup in Mel­bourne af­ter world No.1 Ja­son Day pulled out with a back in­jury. Leish­man, ranked 53 in the world, last won an event in De­cem­ber at the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge in South Africa on the Euro­pean Tour. “I’m ex­tremely ex­cited about play­ing in the World Cup of Golf with Adam. I can’t wait to rep­re­sent my coun­try back home in Aus­tralia,” Leish­man said. “Also, my best to Ja­son for a quick re­cov­ery.” Ten-time PGA Tour win­ner Day was plan­ning on re­turn­ing home to play in the Nov 23-27 event at the Kingston Heath course for the first time since he and world No.6 Scott won the event in 2013. But he tore a lig­a­ment in his back to­wards the end of the 2016 PGA Tour sea­son, forc­ing his with­drawal from the BMW Cham­pi­onship and the Tour Cham­pi­onship, and has been ad­vised to rest un­til next year. Twenty-eight two-man teams rep­re­sent­ing their coun­tries will con­test the World Cup, which this year re­turns to a 72hole, stroke-play event for­mat.

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