KARACHI - Sweden will defend its title at the Omega Mission Hills World Golf Cup which will be held in southern China from November 26-29. Pakistan is among 28 countries that will be appearing in the championship. Japan is the only one Asian nation since 1972 that won the coveted title last in 2002. Shabbir Iqbal and Muhammad Munir of Pakistan earned the right to play in the world event after they qualified from the Asian round held recently in Malaysia. Yang Yong-eun, who made history by becoming the first Asian Major winner at this year's US PGA Championship, will hope to cap a superb year when he represents South Korea alongside Charlie Wi at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup. Sweden's hopes of defending the title at Mission Hills Golf Club have been boosted by the news that Robert Karlsson is on the brink of a return to competitive action after a lengthy injury lay-off and will be fit to partner Henrik Stenson. Karlsson has not played a tournament since the European Open in May because of vision and balance problems but has confirmed his participation. The 39 year old is the current holder of the Harry Vardon Trophy as Europe's Number One in 2008 and capped a stunning year when he and Stenson produced a scintillating performance in the final round foursomes in China, carding a nine under par 63 to finish three shots ahead of Spanish pair Miguel Angel JimTnez and Pablo Larrazabal. All 19 exempt nations have confirmed which players will represent them, and a further nine countries - three from each of the qualifiers in Asia (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), South America (Caracas, Venezuela) and Europe (Estonia) - will make it into the 28-country event in China. From the Asian qualifier, Singapore (Lam Chih Bing and Mardan Mamat), Philippines (Mars Pucay and Angelo Que) and Pakistan (Muhammad Shabbir and Muhammad Munir) have already booked their places. Sergio Garcia has accepted the opportunity to represent Spain and will play in his fourth World Cup alongside Gonzalo Fernandez-Castao while Ian Poulter will represent England for the third consecutive year and has selected Ross Fisher as his partner. Northern Ireland will be represented by Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, Japan has Ryuji Imada and Hiroyuki Fujita and the United States will have Nick Watney and John Merrick competing. Rory Sabbatini and Richard Sterne are in for South Africa, Robert Allenby and Stuart Appleby will represent Australia and Denmark's Sren Kjeldsen and Sren Hansen will play. Current Race to Dubai leader Martin Kaymer, who recently underwent surgery in the United States following a karting accident, will be back in action in time to join Alex Cejka as Germany's representatives. India has Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa, Thailand has Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng, Italy has the Molinari brothers, Francesco and Edoardo, France has Thomas Levet and Christian CTvSer , New Zealand has David Smail and Danny Lee and Chinese Taipei has Lin Wen-tang and Lu Wei-chih. Argentina will have Tano Goya and RafSel Echenique taking part, while host nation China will be represented by Liang Wen-chong Liang and Zhang Lian-wei. The field was selected through each nation's leading player on the Official World Golf Ranking, who chose any player from the same country provided such player was ranked within the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking as of either 22 June 2009 or August 17, 2009. If there was no other available player from that country within the top 100 on the OWGR on either of the dates, the exempt player's partner was the next highest ranked available player from the same country outside the top 100 as of August 17. If there was no other available player from that country within the top 500 on the OWGR as at August 17, the exempt player could select a professional of his choosing from the same country, without regard to the chosen player's World Ranking. Mission Hills ,the venue of the championship stretching across the lush, rolling hills of Shenzhen and Dongguan in southern China, is China's highest rated golf club, and the largest golf club in the world according to the Guinness World Records. The property is home to 12 resort and championship courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Annika Sorenstam, Ernie Els, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh, David Leadbetter, David Duval, Jumbo Ozaki and Zhang Lian Wei. Mission Hills is a full-service, luxury resort, featuring four clubhouses, three spas, a five-star hotel, three golf academies (including schools from world renowned instructors David Leadbetter and Cindy Reid), 51 tennis courts with a professional tennis academy, and numerous fine dining establishments serving cuisine from around the world. It has hosted more than 50 international tournaments, including the 1995 World Cup of Golf and the Tiger Woods China Challenge in 2001. In 2007, Mission Hills began its role as host of 12 editions of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup. Confirmed teams: Argentina (Tano Goya, Rafael Echenique) Australia (Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby China (Liang Wen-chong, Zhang Lian-wei) Chinese Taipei (Lin Wen-tang, Lu Wei-chih) Denmark (Soren Kjeldsen, Soren Hansen) England (Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher) France (Thomas Levet, Christian Cevaer) Germany (Martin Kaymer, Alex Cejka) India (Jeev M. Singh, Jyoti Randhawa) Ireland (Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell) Italy (Francesco Molinari, Edoardo Molinari) Japan (Ryuji Imada, Hiroyuki Fujita) Korea (Charlie Wi, Yang Yong-eun) New Zealand (David Smail, Danny Lee) Pakistan (Muhammad Shabbir and Muhammad Munir) Philippines (Mars Pucay and Angelo Que) Singapore (Lam Chih Bing and Mardan Mamat) South Africa (Rory Sabbatini, Richard Sterne) Spain (Sergio Garcia, Gonzalez Fernandez Castano) Sweden (Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson) Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee, Prayad Marksaeng) USA (Nick Watney, John Merrick).