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Van de Velde critical of James appointment

Jean van de Velde has spoken out against the decision by European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance to appoint Mark James as one of his two vice-captains for the match against the United States at The Belfry, England, next year.

"Don't expect me to be pleased at Mark James being involved in the next Ryder Cup," he said. "I would have hoped the captain would have gone for someone new."

Van de Velde has made his feelings clear many times, often angrily, about James deciding not to give him, Andrew Coltart or Jarmo Sandelin a game before the singles last year in Brookline.

Only this week the 33-year-old Frenchman said pointedly: "I'm looking forward to playing the Ryder Cup for the first time next year!"

That was a reference to the fact that last year he played just 13 holes in the biennial event, going down 6 and 5 to Davis Love III at Brookline as he was thrown in against a player unbeaten in his three pairs matches.

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