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Seniors to play in "Ryder Cup" style event

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are among the golf stars who will participate in the inaugural UBS Warburg Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event.

A 12-man team from the United States will compete against a World squad, with six golfers on each team in their 40s and the rest at least 50, organizers said today.

The UBS Warburg cup will be played Nov. 16-18 on the Ocean Course here.

The U.S. squad will include Palmer, Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson and Ray Floyd. The under-50 group will include Mark O'Meara and Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange.

Gary Player will captain the World team. Japan's Isao Aoki and New Zealand's Frank Nobilo are scheduled to take part.

''This is going to be one of golf's premier team events for years to come,'' Palmer said.

Palmer and Player each will select six players.

The rest of the American team will be made up of leading players from the U.S. Senior PGA Tour, plus the top three golfers aged 40-49 in the world rankings.

The rest the World team features the top two international players from the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit, and the top three international players from the European Tour's money list as of Oct. 1.

There will be six foursome matches Nov. 16, six four-ball matches Nov. 17, and 12 singles matches Nov. 18.

The Ocean Course was built by Pete Dye for the 1991 Ryder Cup matches. The United States won the cup when Germany's Bernhard Langer missed a short putt on the final hole.

 


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