Slump busters


Nick Watney and John Merrick will team up to attempt to end the United States’ eight-year title drought at the Mission Hills World Cup in November sources have told

Watney, who is 37th in the World Ranking, was the highest-ranked American to accept the invitation into the 28-team event that will be played Nov. 26-29 at Mission Hills Golf Club’s Olazabal Course in Dongguan, China.

Watney was allowed to pick his partner as long as that player was ranked within the top 100 in the world rankings on Aug. 17. Merrick jumped 12 spots in the ranking to No. 100 thanks to his tie for 10th at the PGA Championship, his second top-10 this season at a major. An official announcement is expected on Aug. 28.

Tiger Woods and David Duval were the last Americans to win the World Cup in 2000 in Argentina.