Sydney - Australian Adam Scott on Tuesday 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 November 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 72-hole, stroke-play event
The first and third days of competition will be the
foursomes format and the second and final days are four ball play.