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Woosnam wants to ban payments for Ryder Cup

Ian Woosnam has called for players to be made to sign contracts banning them from asking for appearance money to play in the Ryder Cup.

Woosnam branded as "pathetic" the demands from some American players to be paid to play at Brookline last year.

"I don't think we're going to see the kind of thing we had at Brookline with the crowds happen again," said Woosnam, who had made eight consecutive Ryder Cup appearances until missing out last year.

"I think it's going to be top priority to get it back to where it was and it's the Europeans that are going to have to sort it out again. US captain Curtis Strange and Sam Torrance are both traditionalists and it'll be put right.

"What I'm more worried about is players demanding money, that's going to be one of the big issues.

"I think when players pay their tour membership fee at the beginning of the year they should be made to sign a contract saying 'If I do get in the Ryder Cup I'm playing for nothing'.

"If you don't sign it you're not eligible to play in the Ryder Cup. Maybe that's the way to go about it."

"I still intend to play but I suppose I have the vice-captaincy to look forward to if I don't make it," Woosnam added. "It's nice to be involved, it takes a bit of pressure off the captain, he can't do everything.

"But the first priority is to get into the team really."

 

 

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