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Oldcorn out of Word Cup with injured back

An injured disc has forced Andrew Oldcorn to withdraw from Scotland's team for next week's World Cup in Mexico.

The 42-year-old will be replaced by Alastair Forsyth to partner Paul Lawrie in Puerto Vallarta.

Forsyth was offered the position after first reserve Andrew Coltart, ahead on the world rankings, decided against travelling to stay home for the imminent birth of his second child.

"It is with great sadness and regret that I have today been forced to withdraw from the Scotland team to compete in next week's World Cup in Mexico," Oldcorn told the Press Association.

"Over the past 10 to 12 days I have developed an injury to a disc that has unfortunately not responded to intensive treatment and rest.

"Obviously it had been my hope and desire that I could have overcome this problem in time to compete but it has become apparent that I could not fully support Paul Lawrie in such a high-profile event and do myself, Paul, or my country justice whilst not fully fit.

"It has been an agonising decision for myself and my family but I would like to extend my good wishes to the Scotland team for next week."

This year's Malaysian Open winner Forsyth was thrilled with his selection and vowed to do his country proud.

"Obviously I feel sorry for Andrew having to miss out but naturally I am delighted at the opportunity this gives me. I feel it is reward for the good season I have had and I am looking forward to partnering Paul and trying to win for Scotland.

"I enjoyed playing for Scotland as an amateur but this is an even bigger thrill being given the opportunity to represent my country as a professional."


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