3 sets of brothers to fight for Omega Mission Hills World Cup in Haikou
Italy’s defending champions, Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, will face some stiff competition not only to retain the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in November, but also for the honour of being golf’s leading brothers, with Columbia and Portugal both represented by siblings in China.
The three sets of brothers are among 28 teams of two players representing their countries, with five Major Champions – including current Masters Tournament winner Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and US Open Champion Rory McIlroy of Ireland – also in the field.
They will all be trying to succeed the Molinari brothers who became the first brother combination to win the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in 2009 when they finished one stroke clear of Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy and Sweden, represented by Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson.
Camilo Villegas will be making his second appearance at the World Cup, having finished T14 with Manuel Merizalde in 2006. His brother Manuel will be playing the event for the first time, as the pair attempt to follow in the footsteps of the Molinaris.
"It will be a thrill to be able to play as a team with my brother, Manny," said Camilo. "We both want to go to China in November to make our country, and our family, proud."
Similarly Ricardo Santos, who is currently third on the European Challenge Tour Rankings, has made one World Cup appearance in 2008, finishing tied for 13 th with partner Tiago Cruz.
2011 OMEGA MISSION HILLS WORLD CUP FIELD:
Australia: Brendan Jones, Richard Green
Austria: Florian Praegant, Roland Steiner
Belgium: Nicolas Colsaerts, Jérôme Theunis
Brazil: Lucas Lee, Adilson da Silva
China: Liang Wen-chong, Zhang Xin-jun
Colombia: Camilo Villegas, Manuel Villegas
Denmark: Thomas Björn, Anders Hansen
England: Ian Poulter, Justin Rose
France: Raphaël Jacquelin, Grégory Bourdy
Germany: Alex Cejka, Martin Kaymer
Guatemala: Pablo Acũna, José Toledo
Ireland: Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy
Italy: Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari
Japan: Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Yuta Ikeda
Korea: Kim Hyung-Sung, Park Sung-Joon
Mexico: José de Jesus Rodriguez, Oscar Serna
Netherlands: Robert-Jan Derksen, Joost Luiten
New Zealand: Michael Hendry, Gareth Paddison
Portugal: Hugo Santos, Ricardo Santos
Scotland: Stephen Gallacher, Martin Laird
Singapore: Lam Chih Bing, Mardan Mamat
South Africa: Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel
Spain: Miguel Angel Jiménez, Alvaro Quiros
Sweden: Robert Karlsson, Alex Noren
Thailand: Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
USA: Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland
Wales: Rhys Davies, Jamie Donaldson
Zimbabwe: Brendon de Jonge, Bruce McDonald
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