Woods and Duval, who teamed up to capture the World Golf Championships event last December at Buenos Aires Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, earned the U.S. the first of the 18 seeds by virtue of their standings in the Official World Golf Ranking. Woods, whose six victories worldwide in 2001 include a win at the World Golf Championships - NEC Invitational, is ranked No. 1 in the world. Duval, the reigning British Open champion, is ranked third.
The following are the 18 seeded nations (World Ranking as of September 23 in parenthesis):
1) United States - Tiger Woods (1), David Duval (3) 2) South Africa - Ernie Els (4), Retief Goosen (13) 3) Fiji - Vijay Singh (5), Dinesh Chand (NA) 4) Spain - Sergio Garcia (7), Miguel Angel Jimenez (45) 5) Ireland - Padraig Harrington (12), Paul McGinley (39) 6) Canada - Mike Weir (16), TBA 7) Denmark - Thomas Bjorn (17), Soren Hansen (151) 8) New Zealand - Michael Campbell (22), David Smail (126) 9) Argentina - Angel Cabrera (28), Eduardo Romero (67) 10) Sweden - Niclas Fasth (33), Pierre Fulke (47) 11) Japan - Toshi Izawa (35), Shigeki Maruyama (58) 12) Wales - Phillip Price (51), Mark Mouland (NA) 13) Australia - Adam Scott (62), Aaron Baddeley (125) 14) Scotland - Andrew Coltart (73), Andrew Oldcorn (77) 15) England - Ian Poulter (74), Warren Bennett (101) 16) Zimbabwe - Mark McNulty (81), Tony Johnstone (NA) 17) Paraguay - Carlos Franco (98), Angel Franco (NA) 18) France - Thomas Levet (100), Raphael Jacquelin (115)
The remaining six teams in the 24-country field will be determined at the Davidoff Nations Cup, which will be played at Royal Selangor Golf Club in Malaysia, September 27-30.
This year's EMC2 World Cup will be the last of the four World Golf Championships events scheduled for 2001. Steve Stricker of the United States beat Sweden's Pierre Fulke 2 & 1 in the championship match of the WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship in Melbourne, Australia, in January. Woods outlasted Jim Furyk in a seven-hole playoff to take his third straight title at last month's WGC-NEC Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, while the WGC-American Express Championship, which was to be held September 13-16 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, was cancelled in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on September 11.