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Strong American team head for Warburg Cup

Arnold Palmer will lead a powerful United States team against Gary Player's Rest of the World side in the inaugural UBS Warburg Cup starting on Friday.

Palmer, who will face South African Player in a singles match on Sunday, has no fewer than eight major champions in his 12-man team for the over-40s senior's event at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

As well as Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange, the impressive American line-up includes Jack Nicklaus, Mark Calcavecchia, Ray Floyd, Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson, Tom Watson and Mark O'Meara, winner of both the U.S. Masters and British Open in 1998.

Sam Torrance, Europe's captain for next year's Ryder Cup, will tee-up for the Rest of the World team alongside major winners Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam.

All four played for the European team that lost the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island and will hope to gain some measure of revenge.

However, both captains have said they will be looking to avoid any of the controversy that has marred the Ryder Cup in recent years.

"I wasn't very impressed with the way things happened on either side at the last Ryder Cup in Brookline," Player told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper last week.

"I don't want to see that. I want the Warburg Cup to be played in the spirit of the game, the spirit in which Arnold and I have always played."

While the format is based on the Ryder Cup, the seniors will play just one session of foursomes on Friday, one session of fourballs on Saturday and 12 singles matches on Sunday.

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