Poults pics Rose for World Cup

Ian Poulter has named good buddy Justin Rose as his England partner for the World Cup in China in November.

Ian Poulter has named close friend Justin Rose as his partner in England’s two-man team for the World Cup in China in November.

Poulter was invited to represent England with a partner of his choice after the higher-ranked Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Paul Casey all turned down the opportunity to take part.

Rose was an obvious candidate after the pair won two of their three games together at the 2008 Ryder Cup and had previously finished fourth at the 2007 World Cup.

Scotland will be represented by US-based Martin Laird and Stephen Gallacher, Ireland by it’s two US Open champions of 2010 and 2011, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, and Wales, who avoided having to qualify because of some recent withdrawals, by Jamie Donaldson and Rhys Davies.

Ryder Cup brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari will defend the title they claimed for Italy two years ago.

Here are all the exempt nations have confirmed their teams (in ranking order of top player): Germany (Martin Kaymer, Alex Cejka), Ireland (Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell), United States (Matt Kuchar, Gary Woodland), South Africa (Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen), England (Ian Poulter, Justin Rose), Sweden (Robert Karlsson, Alex Noren), Italy (Francesco Molinari, Edoardo Molinari), Spain (Alvaro Quiros, Miguel Angel Jimenez), Scotland (Martin Laird, Stephen Gallacher), Denmark (Anders Hansen, Thomas Bjorn), France (Raphael Jacquelin, Gregory Bourdy), Japan (Yuta Ikeda, Tetsuji Hiratsuka), Australia (Brendan Jones, Richard Green), Belgium (Nicolas Colsaerts, Jerome Theunis), Colombia (Camilo Villegas, Manuel Villegas), Wales (Jamie Donaldson, Rhys Davies), Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat), Zimbabwe (Brendon de Jonge, Bruce McDonald) China, who qualify as hosts, will be represented by Liang Wen-chong and Zhang Xin-jun.