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The ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf features several of the world's top-ranked players this week at Royal Melbourne. Host country Australia will feature reigning Masters champion Adam Scott, while Matt Kuchar will strive to win again as he helped the U.S. do in 2011. Here's a capsule look at some of the top two-man teams participating:

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Australia: Adam Scott, Jason Day

SCOTT (No. 2 in Official World Golf Ranking):

  • Ten PGA Tour wins ranks sixth all-time among Australians.
  • Won Masters for first career major, The Barclays on Tour in 2013.
  • Won Australian PGA Championship, Australian Masters this month.
  • Second World Cup appearance; first was in 2002.

DAY (No. 18):

  • Played for Australia in 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.
  • One career PGA Tour win (2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship).
  • Teaming with Scott to pursue Australia's fifth World Cup win.
  • First World Cup appearance.

AUSTRALIA: Pursuing fifth World Cup title and first since 1989; won at Royal Melbourne in 1959 (Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle).

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United States: Matt Kuchar, Kevin Streelman

KUCHAR (No. 7):

  • Won WGC-Accenture Match Play and Memorial in 2013.
  • Six career PGA Tour wins.
  • Paired with Gary Woodland for 2011 World Cup win.

STREELMAN (No. 46):

  • First PGA Tour win came at 2013 Tampa Bay Championship.
  • First World Cup appearance.

U.S.: Record 24 World Cup titles, including last Cup held at Royal Melbourne in 1988 (Ben Crenshaw and Mark McCumber).

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Ireland: Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry

MCDOWELL (No. 12):

  • Won 2013 RBC Heritage in playoff.
  • Won twice on European Tour in 2013.
  • 2010 U.S. Open champion.
  • Fourth World Cup appearance.

LOWRY (No. 75):

  • Reached round of 16 at 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play.
  • Four top-10 finishes on European Tour in 2013.
  • Two career European Tour wins.
  • First World Cup appearance.

IRELAND: Has won World Cup twice, most recently in 1997 (Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley).

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Italy: Francesco Molinari, Matteo Manassero

MOLINARI (No. 37):

  • Paired with brother Edoardo to win in 2009.
  • Three international wins, most recently 2012 Open de Espana.
  • Won 2010 WGC-HSBC Champions.
  • Six World Cup starts.

MANASSERO (No. 38):

  • Won 2013 BMW PGA Championship in four-hole, sudden-death playoff.
  • Four straight years with a European Tour win.
  • First World Cup appearance.

ITALY: Only win was Molinaris' in '09 at Mission Hills in China.

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Sweden: Jonas Blixt, Peter Hanson

BLIXT (No. 39):

  • Won 2013 Greenbrier Classic on PGA Tour.
  • Also won 2012 Frys.com Open for first Tour victory.
  • Finished season 29th in FedEx Cup points.
  • First World Cup appearance.

HANSON (No. 43):

  • Four top-10 finishes on European Tour in 2013.
  • Missed time this year with a back injury.
  • Second World Cup appearance.

SWEDEN: Two World Cup wins, most recently in 2008 (Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson).

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Denmark: Thomas Bjorn, Thorbjorn Olesen

BJORN (No. 44):

  • Won 2013 Omega European Masters on European Tour.
  • Twenty career international wins.
  • Four career runner-up finishes on PGA Tour; three in majors.
  • Played in Ryder Cup twice (1997, 2002).
  • Fifth World Cup appearance; first since 2006.

OLESEN (No. 58):

  • Finished T-6 at 2013 Masters.
  • Earned PGA Tour card by finishing in top 125 on non-member FedEx Cup points list.
  • One career European Tour win (2012 Sicilian Open).

DENMARK: Best finish T-5 in 2005 (Anders Hansen and Soren Hansen).

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Spain: Miguel A. Jiménez, Rafael Cabrera-Bello

JIMENEZ (No. 47):

  • Four-time Ryder Cup player.
  • Eighteen career international wins; most recently 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open.
  • Missed time early in 2013 after breaking leg while skiing.
  • Fourteenth World Cup appearance, most in field.

CABRERA-BELLO (No. 127):

  • Two career European Tour wins, most recently 2012 Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
  • Shot final-round 60 to win 2009 Austrian Open.
  • First World Cup appearance.

SPAIN: Four World Cup titles, most recently in 1984.

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Thailand: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Prayad Marksaeng

APHIBARNRAT (No. 68):

  • Leads Asian Tour's Order of Merit for 2013.
  • First European Tour win came at 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open.
  • Finished T-3 at 2013 CIMB Classic.
  • Second World Cup appearance.

PRAYAD (No. 168):

  • Seven career Asian Tour wins, most recently 2013 Queen's Cup.
  • Fourth World Cup appearance.

THAILAND: Finished T-8 in 2008.

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Korea: K.J. Choi, Sang-moon Bae

CHOI (No. 129):

  • Eight career PGA Tour wins, most recently 2011 Players Championship.
  • Six career Asian Tour titles, two in Japan, one on European Tour.
  • Asian Tour honorary member.

BAE (No. 131):

  • Won 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
  • Three career Asian Tour wins.

KOREA: Best World Cup finish is third in 2002 (Choi and Hur Suk-ho).

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Remainder of field

Emiliano Grillo, Argentina

Fabian Gomez, Argentina

Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

Siddikur Rahman, Bangladesh

Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium

Adilson da Silva, Brazil

Alexandre Rocha, Brazil

Brad Fritsch, Canada

David Hearn, Canada

Felipe Aguilar, Chile

Mark Tullo, Chile

WC Liang, China

Wu A-shun, China

Wen-Tang Lin, Chinese Taipei

Danny Willett, England

Chris Wood, England

Vijay Singh, Fiji

Mikko Korhonen, Finland

Roope Kakko, Finland

Gregory Bourdy, France

Victor Dubuisson, France

Marcel Siem, Germany

Maximilian Kieffer, Germany

Anirban Lahiri, India

Gaganjeet Bhullar, India

Hideto Tanihara, Japan

Ryo Ishikawa, Japan

Robert-Jan Derksen, Netherlands

Tim Sluiter, Netherlands

Mike Hendry, New Zealand

Tim Wilkinson, New Zealand

Espen Kofstad, Norway

Angelo Que, Philippines

Tony Lascuna, Philippines

Jose-Filipe Lima, Portugal

Ricardo Santos, Portugal

Martin Laird, Scotland

Stephen Gallacher, Scotland

Branden Grace, South Africa

George Coetzee, South Africa

Stuart Manley, Wales

Brendon de Jonge, Zimbabwe

PGA Tour and Official World Golf Ranking contributed.

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