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Seeds announced for World Cup

The defending champion United States, represented by the tandem of Tiger Woods and David Duval, will be the top seed for the 2001 World Golf Championships - EMC² World Cup to be held November 15-18 at The Taiheiyo Club's Gotemba Course in Shizuoka, Japan.

Woods and Duval, who teamed up to capture the World Golf Championships event last December at Buenos Aires Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, earned the U.S. the first of the 18 seeds by virtue of their standings in the Official World Golf Ranking. Woods, whose six victories worldwide in 2001 include a win at the World Golf Championships - NEC Invitational, is ranked No. 1 in the world. Duval, the reigning British Open champion, is ranked third.

The following are the 18 seeded nations (World Ranking as of September 23 in parenthesis):

1) United States - Tiger Woods (1), David Duval (3) 2) South Africa - Ernie Els (4), Retief Goosen (13) 3) Fiji - Vijay Singh (5), Dinesh Chand (NA) 4) Spain - Sergio Garcia (7), Miguel Angel Jimenez (45) 5) Ireland - Padraig Harrington(12), Paul McGinley (39) 6) Canada - Mike Weir (16), TBA 7) Denmark - Thomas Bjorn (17), Soren Hansen (151) 8) New Zealand - Michael Campbell (22), David Smail (126) 9) Argentina - Angel Cabrera (28), Eduardo Romero (67) 10) Sweden - Niclas Fasth (33), Pierre Fulke (47) 11) Japan - Toshi Izawa (35), Shigeki Maruyama (58) 12) Wales - Phillip Price (51), Mark Mouland (NA) 13) Australia - Adam Scott (62), Aaron Baddeley (125) 14) Scotland - Andrew Coltart (73), Andrew Oldcorn (77) 15) England - Ian Poulter (74), Warren Bennett (101) 16) Zimbabwe - Mark McNulty (81), Tony Johnstone (NA) 17) Paraguay - Carlos Franco (98), Angel Franco (NA) 18) France - Thomas Levet (100), Raphael Jacquelin (115)

The remaining six teams in the 24-country field will be determined at the Davidoff Nations Cup, which will be played at Royal Selangor Golf Club in Malaysia, September 27-30.

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