Scotland aim to lift World Cup

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Sam Torrance aims to complete a memorable season by helping Scotland break the American stranglehold on the World Cup.

Colin Montgomerie, who beat his compatriot to the European No 1 position this year, has been ruled out of the four-day contest in Shenzhen, China, but Torrance, who will now team up with Andrew Coltart, the other member of Scotland's Dunhill Cup-winning trio, insisted: "I feel brand new.

"I have played a lot of golf, but they are all huge events and it's easy to get up for them. It is great to play for Scotland. The Dunhill Cup win was just fabulous and winning here would be a good way to top the year."

While the Scots are confident of ending Fred Couples' and Davis Love's bid to earn the US a fourth successive title, Wales have been hit by the withdrawal of Ian Woosnam with a back injury. Phillip Price, 110th on this season's European money list, has been called up to partner Mark Mouland.

England will be represented by Mark Roe and Paul Broadhurst, and Ireland by Darren Clarke and Philip Walton. New Zealand lead the non-British challenge to the Americans, with Frank Nobilo and Michael Campbell fresh from winning titles on different continents.

"Both of us are a bit tired, but the wins have boosted our confidence and I think we have a good chance," said Nobilo, who triumphed in the Sarazen World Open in Atlanta, while Campbell lifted the Alfred Dunhill Masters title in Indonesia.

Unlike the Dunhill Cup, which pits competing countries against each other in a team strokeplay format, the World Cup is decided on the aggregate score of both players over 72 holes.

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