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Brit Open Champ's Ireland World Cup Snub

Good enough to win the British Open, but not good enough to make it for the World Cup; Darren Clarke has not been included in Ireland’s two-man team for the World Cup in China in November.

The U.S. Open champion, Rory McIlroy, had the choice of selecting one of three major-winning Irishman to be his partners.

Last year’s U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, 2008 PGA Championship winner Pádraig Harrington or this year’s British Open winner, Clarke.

Just as he did two years ago, the world No4 opted for McDowell.

“G-Mac’s the next highest on the rankings, so it will be me and him again,” McIlroy said in the lead up to the Irish Open that begins tomorrow.

McDowell was ranked No12 in the latest Official Golf Rankings that were released on Monday.

A complete outsider going into the British Open, Clarke was ranked 111th but his win at the Royal St George’s has seen him rocket up the standings to No31. Harrington, the only non-Ulsterman of the trio is currently ranked at No64.

McIlroy and McDowell were in the Ireland team in 2009 last year that made it to the final at Mission Hills Golf Clubs in Shenzhen, China.

There they came unstuck against the Italian pairing of the Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco who won with a final round two-ball foursome score of four under par 68.

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