Fowler, Walker to team at World Cup after Watson WD


Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker will rekindle their partnership at the World Cup of Golf later this year.

Fowler and Walker teamed four times at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, going 0-1-3 in those matches, and also paired twice at last year's Presidents Cup. As the top-ranked eligible player, Fowler was allowed to pick his own teammate and went with Walker, who won his first major championship last month at Baltusrol.

Fowler became the top-ranked American after Bubba Watson opted to withdraw. Watson, who spoke enthusiastically earlier this year about his participation in the Nov. 24-27 event at Royal Melbourne, withdrew for "scheduling and personal reasons" according to a PGA Tour release.

"It was a very difficult choice not to play in the World Cup of Golf," Watson said. "I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent my country and to play in Australia, a place where I have always enjoyed playing golf."

Argentina's Emiliano Grillo also withdrew from the event, allowing Chinese Taipei's C.T. Pan to gain entry. New Zealand's Danny Lee was already committed, but he has now chosen fellow Olympian Ryan Fox as his partner.