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English duo late arrivals for World Cup

Ian Poulter and Paul Casey will have one day to recover from jet-lag before beginning their challenge for the EMC World Cup in Japan.

The English pair were forced to change their travel plans after problems securing a visa in time for their scheduled flight on Monday.

The pair landed shortly before 4pm on Tuesday (local time), along with Ireland's Paul McGinley, Scotland's Dean Robertson and Wales' Mark Mouland.

They were then faced with at least a three-hour drive from Tokyo's Narita airport to the Taiheiyo Club in Gotemba.

An early tee-off time on Thursday was probably the last thing they wanted, but unfortunately it was precisely what they got. Poulter and Casey will be the second match out on the course at 8:42am local time, while their body clocks will be telling them it is 11:42pm back in England.

Defending champions Tiger Woods and David Duval of the United States are hot favourites to repeat their success in Argentina 12 months ago.

Woods will have none of the English pair's trouble acclimatising, after playing an exhibition and giving a clinic in China over the weekend.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley, the 1997 winners at Kiawah Island, are likely to give Woods and Duval a run for their money. The South African pairing of Ernie Els and US Open champion Retief Goosen are also well fancied.

The home nations' challenge meanwhile is completed by Scotland's pairing of Andrew Coltart and Dean Robertson and Welsh duo Ian Woosnam and Mark Mouland.

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