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Montgomerie eyes World Cup glory

World Cup of Golf
Venue: Mission Hills, Shenzhen, China Date: 27-30 November
Coverage: Live on Sky Sports

Colin Montgomerie
After Scotland lost the 2006 play-off, Montgomerie tasted victory last year

Colin Montgomerie and Alastair Forsyth launch Scotland's bid to defend their World Cup crown in China on Thursday.

Montgomerie, who won last year with Marc Warren, hopes to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2000 to retain the trophy for his country.

"I am looking forward immensely to defending the title with Alastair this time around," said Montgomerie.

A total of 28 nations are competing in Shenzhen, with Sweden's Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson the favourites.

Ian Poulter teams up with Ross Fisher as England look to repeat their success of four years ago.

Both players head into the tournament on the back of impressive performances over the last year.

Poulter finished as Europe's leading points scorer at the Ryder Cup in September while Fisher won the European Open in July on the way to a career-best sixth place on the European Tour's Order of Merit.

"I'm happy with my golf game right now and Ross has been playing exceptionally well," said Poulter.

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"I like the way Ross plays. He hits the ball a long way off the tee, which I think is great in foursomes.

"The holes that I've looked at right now, certainly with some of the par fives, will be an advantage with Ross teeing off on those holes. I'm happy with hitting three-wood, five-wood into some of those holes.

"He is also an aggressive player and that's great in four balls. I think how straight he hits it is a big bonus in foursomes, as well.

"That's why when it come down to me to pick, I looked at Ross as a guy that's been very, very steady, and someone that hits the ball a long way; that's a great mix. That's why I'm excited to be out there."

Graeme McDowell and Paul McGinley represent Ireland, while Bradley Dredge and Richard Johnson join forces for Wales.

Swedes Karlsson and Stenson are the strongest pairing on paper, ranked sixth and 12th in the world respectively.

"We have only had one chance to play together before in the Ryder Cup and that worked well," said Karlsson, the 2008 European Order of Merit winner.

The United States, who have won the tournament 23 times, are represented by Ben Curtis and Brandt Snedeker.

"In our sport you do not get the opportunity too many times to compete for your country and this is going to be a thrill for me," said Snedeker.

The opening round of the 72-hole strokeplay event will be played in a fourball format while Friday is foursomes before it goes back to fourballs on Saturday with the final round on Sunday a foursomes.

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