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China pull out of World Cup

China have withdrawn from this month's World Cup of Golf due to a scheduling conflict involving one of their players, the Asian PGA Tour said on Tuesday.

First reserves Thailand, represented by Jamnian Chitprasong and Pornsakon Tipsanit, will take China's place at the November 13-16 competition, to be played on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in the United States.

"Unfortunately one of the rules for the World Cup is that, should one of the players from a qualified team have to withdraw, the entire team must be scratched," David Parkin, the Asian PGA Tour's player development director, told Reuters.

"China's Liang Wen-chong has reached the second stage of the Japan qualifying school. With his team now unable to take part at Kiawah Island, Thailand gain entry as the first reserves."

China had been one of four countries -- along with Myanmar, India and Hong Kong -- to earn a spot at the 24-team World Cup in a Nations Cup qualifier in Singapore in September.

Thailand, who tied for fifth at Singapore's Laguna National Golf and Country Club, secured first reserve status after edging Sri Lanka in a playoff.

The World Cup, being staged for the 49th time, is the fourth and final World Golf Championships (WGC) event of the year.

WGC events are sanctioned and organised by the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian PGA Tour, the European Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, the PGA Tour in the United States, PGA Tour of Australasia and the Southern Africa Tour.

Defending World Cup champions are Japan's Shigeki Maruyama and Toshi Izawa, who won last year's title by two strokes from the U.S. at the Vista Vallarta course in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

However Japan will be represented at Kiawah Island later this month by Maruyama and Hidemichi Tanaka.

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