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Carter set for World Cup disappointment

One of the best moments of David Carter's life came when he partnered Nick Faldo to England's first-ever victory in the World Cup of Golf in New Zealand last November.

But one of the 27-year-old's biggest disappointments will be if he cannot defend the title in Malaysia in two months' time.

Carter was hoping that, like Irishmen Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley last year, the two men who won the famous trophy would be allowed to try to repeat their triumph.

However, the Chesterfield golfer has heard - though not from the organisers of the event - that neither he nor Faldo will be playing.

Instead, with Lee Westwood playing in Japan and unavailable again, England's line-up is expected to be Ryder Cup captain Mark James and Midlander Peter Baker.

"I really would liked to have played - and if I'm not playing I really would like to have been told that," said Carter.

"It's the same week as the US Tour qualifying school and if I'm not going to Malaysia I might give that a go. But I need to know before I enter.

"I know there's a system of choosing sides for the World Cup (the leading player off the world rankings and the leading player off the Order of Merit at the end of the Open in July), but as the first-ever winners for England I had hoped we would get the chance to defend.

"After all, Padraig and Paul did (Darren Clarke stepped aside to allow that to happen) and Davis Love and Fred Couples won it four years in a row."

Carter is competing this week in the Canon European Masters at the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre course in the Swiss Alps.

Only three of the team who will try to defend the Ryder Cup in three weeks' time - Clarke, Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez - are playing.

The other nine are all taking the opportunity for a rest, having played in the World Championship in Ohio last week.

Tiger Woods pushed Phil Mickelson into second place at that American-dominated event, but Westwood and Clarke do not believe it therefore follows that Europe are no-hopers in Boston.

"The Americans are all right when they are playing for themselves," said world number five Westwood. "When you get the European team spirit going it will be a different kettle of fish."

Clarke added: "I don't think you can read anything into last week at all.

"That was stroke play and the Ryder Cup is match play. They are completely different games and what happened last week is completely irrelevant."

What happened was that the American dozen were collectively seven under par and Europe's 12 were 71 over, but Westwood stated: "The way the TV people are going, saying the Europeans are so many over, it just builds more pressure on themselves.

"I don't know whether they expect to win or not, but everybody has them as favourites. Let them keep creating statistics like that - it just plays into our hands."