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Ballesteros unsure of what to try next

Severiano Ballesteros makes his Madeira Island Open debut on Thursday in a bid to gain confidence ahead of reforming his renowned partnership with Jose Maria Olazabal.

Ballesteros has not won since the 1995 Spanish Open. His game has been in a slump since he played for Europe in the Ryder Cup that year, a year Olazabal missed through injury.

The 42-year-old Spaniard is desperate to find some form before leading his European team at Sunningdale next month against Colin Montgomerie's Britain and Ireland in the inaugural Ballesteros Trophy.

Team captain Ballesteros plans to play with Olazabal again -- the duo collected a record 12 points out of 15 in four Ryder Cup matches. They halved two and lost only twice.

"It would be great to team up with Jose Maria again," said Ballesteros. "I will hope we can play one of the formats together.


Seve at the Dubai Desert Classic. Allsport.

"But I need to get my confidence going before that. I have no confidence at the moment.

"Maybe it will come back this week, but the course is a tough test, very hilly and up and down. And it is the first time I've played here.

"I'm a little bit tired of talking about technique and this and that," Ballesteros admitted.

"Everyone who approaches me always think they have the key to the situation, mainly because they are nice people and they are just trying to help. I really don't know what I have to do.

"I'm not playing very well, I don't have confidence in my game.

"Confidence is a big factor but there is always hope."

"I'm looking forward to the match at Sunningdale, though. I think people want to see good match play and there will be a lot of rivalry between Monty's side and mine."

Ballesteros will be calling on the likes of Olazabal and Sergio Garcia against Montgomerie's side, but in Madeira there are only young hopefuls and faded heroes, like him and another former European number one Ronan Rafferty.

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