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World Cup qualification becomes confusing

Qualification for the WGC World Cup of Golf descended into chaos on Thursday when the Scotland team were left not knowing whether two of their players would have to fly out to Malaysia on Monday.

Scotland have not had to qualify for recent World Cups, with players like seven-times European number one Colin Montgomerie leading their team.

Montgomerie is unavailable for this year's event in Seville, Spain from November 18-21, however, and it may require a selfless act from Stephen Gallacher to ensure the Scots represented.

Without Montgomerie, Scotland are not seeded for the 18-country World Cup, and several other nations are in the same position.

World number one Vijay Singh of Fiji, Nick Price of Zimbabwe, Mike Weir of Canada, Germany's Alex Cejka, Stephen Ames of Trinidad and Tobago, and Dane Thomas Bjorn could all throw a spanner in the works if they decide not to play.

The Scots are 24th in the seedings and need to be in the top 18 by next Friday to be exempt.

World Cup organisers say that, with expected withdrawals, there is every chance the Scots could get in but to be sure they must send a two-man team to Kuala Lumpur.

The 19-nation qualifying event starting next Thursday is where Gallacher may have to step in.

While the other man who might have to go to Kuala Lumpur, Alastair Forsyth, would be sure of playing in Seville, Gallacher could start playing and then find his country are exempt due to other withdrawals.

In that case, Scott Drummond, Scotland's original choice who is playing next week's WGC Championship and is not available for Malaysia, would join forces with Forsyth.

However, if Forsyth and Gallacher qualify and Scotland do not get exempted, they would play in Seville and Drummond would miss out.

Gallacher, nephew of former European Ryder Cup captain Bernard, was as confused as everyone after the Heritage first round on Thursday.

"Luckily Alastair and I have the same manager, so we will just wait to see what he finds out," he told reporters.

"But at the moment I'm going on holiday with the wife and kids next week.

"Obviously I would go out to Malaysia if there is a chance of playing in Seville because I've just missed out in the past.

"But I don't relish the thought of going out there and getting half way into the qualifier and then finding out it was all for nothing."

Scotland, like at least six other countries, will just have to play a waiting game.

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