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Langer keen to cement Ryder Cup place

Bernhard Langer is hoping he is just three days away from booking his place in Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Langer has maintained a schedule of playing on both sides of the Atlantic that other in an attempt to earn a place in the final squad for the Belfry.

Ninth in the points race in this the penultimate week, Langer is desperate to perform well in the NEC International and seal his place.

But the German is also hoping the tournament can be less controversial this time round.

He said: "The match has been pretty intense the last few times. I just hope it can relax a little more and take a little bit of the tension out and tone things down a little bit.

"We've had many great memories and great moments and it's wrong to just focus on the two or three bad things that have happened.

"Most of the time the game of golf was the winner and we are all friends when we walk away from it, whether we are winners or losers.

"It's just a great match, something to look forward to and something to enjoy."

With America's dozen now known Langer's assessment indicates another close encounter.

"I think they have a very, very strong team on paper. They always do, though.

"Every two years we come around to that. The American team generally looks much stronger on paper than the European team. If you go by the world rankings, their team is much higher ranked than ours.

"But I like the make-up of our team. We have a good mix of experience and some new guys in there. Some are long-hitters, some are medium, but very steady players.

"There's one or two you might like to see in there, but it just shows that European golf has grown in depth too.

"You can take any of the top 20 or 30 players and put them in there and they would all do well."


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