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Casey replaces Bennett in World Cup team

England golfer Warren Bennett is out of next week's World Cup in Japan after withdrawing from the Volvo Masters in Jerez.

The 30-year-old from Kent suffered a recurrence of the ankle ligament injury which forced him to pull out of the Dunhill Links championship and Madrid Open last month.

Bennett, who believes the hilly Montecastillo course is responsible for his relapse, wasted no time letting rookie Paul Casey know that he will now partner Ian Poulter in the £3million event, which offers a million dollars to the winning team and has Tiger Woods and David Duval defending the title they won in Argentina last December.

"I don't want to take the risk of flying there and not being fit," said Bennett, whose career has been blighted by various injuries and was looking forward to his professional international debut.

"I think it's important to be fair both to Ian and to Paul, who was waiting to hear whether or not he would replace me.

"Also I feel that it is in my long-term interests to rest the ankle.

"It's unbelievable. To be honest I would not have come here if I had known how much strain this course was going to put on it.

"I woke up on Thursday with a really sharp pain, but it felt better after about 20 minutes and while it didn't feel 100 per cent I thought I was OK to play. I had it strapped and there was only a dull ache.

"I had treatment, but when I got up this morning it was bruised and there was no way I could continue.

"I was told it would probably take six weeks when it happened coming off a tee at Kingsbarns practising for the Dunhill (three weeks ago). But it felt strong and in Italy it was fine.

"But that was a fairly flat course. This one puts so much strain on it."


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