Aussie pair set for shot at $10m World Cup

A LATE season surge to number 33 in the world should be enough to lock Queenslander Cameron Smith in as Victorian Marc Leishman’s partner for November’s $ 10 million golf World Cup at Metropolitan.

The top ranked players from the 28 countries which qualified for the event are set to confirm their attendance on Friday morning before locking in their preferred partners next week.

Australia’s top ranked player, Jason Day, the world number 11, has made himself unavailable for the event leaving world number 22 Leishman to fly the fly as he did in 2016 at Kingston Heath.

Leishman, from Warrnambool, played with Adam Scott two years ago but suggested his choice this time around would be determined by the world rankings.

Smith has surged past Scott, who is ranked 41, after top-five finishes in the opening two US PGA Tour playoffs. Leishman and Smith are the last two Aussies standing in the FedEx Cup, and will start in next week’s season-ending Tour Championship.

New world number one Justin Rose isn’t expected to represent England, but it’s hoped world number three, American Brooks Koepka who won both the US Open and PGA this year, could represent the US.

Resurgent Tiger Woods won’t be involved, after it was recently confirmed he would play in a $ 10 million showdown with Phil Mickelson in Las Vegas on the same weekend as the World Cup.

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