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Mark James Ryder Cup role still not decided

Mark James' position as Ryder Cup vice-captain could still be in the balance as the European Cup committee prepared to meet at Wentworth on Tuesday.

James received the support of the committee three weeks ago after he was criticised for his controversial revelations in his autobiography about Nick Faldo.

But the committee may yet pursue James to resign as the Ryder Cup falls deeper in controversy.

European captain Sam Torrance had asked for the committee to vote on whether to keep James in the vice-captain position when they met at Loch Lomond recently.

The committee, chaired by James himself, gave a unanimous response, but known opponents Bernhard Langer and Jean Van de Velde were not present at the time.

An angry Faldo pointed out that James chaired a meeting where his own position was being discussed and that James' comments were a clear breach of the tour's code of conducts.


Mark James deep in discussion at the European Tour meeting at Loch Lomond. Allsport.

The Ryder Cup committee, comprising of three senior members of the Tour's Board of Directors and three high-ranking officials from the Professional Golfers' Association, were already under pressure to appoint a captain and deputy to restore better relations with the Americans.

American Tom Lehmann has accused James of "dragging the Ryder Cup through the muck",despite his own actions in last year's event when he charged onto the 17th green at Brookline which drew wide condemnation.

The on-going saga has already taken up plenty of column inches in the press with much of the emphasis on the potential threat to team morale and unity if James keeps his position.


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