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Seve critical of Garcia decision

Seve Ballesteros criticized protege Sergio Garcia on Wednesday, saying he asked for appearance money to play in next month's Seve Trophy.

Ballesteros, preparing to begin play Thursday in the Madeira Island Open, said Garcia had declined to play on the European team, which Ballesteros is captaining.

The Seve Trophy on April 19-21 in Ireland features Britain and Ireland against a team of top Europeans.

``Garcia is the only player so far who doesn't want to play,'' Ballesteros said. ``I'm a bit disappointed. And even more disappointed that he asked for appearance money. Garcia told me he was committed to play the tournament in America the same week, but at the same time his manager asked for appearance money.''

``There is no appearance money for anyone at the Seve Trophy. I don't think it fair to ask. Not fair to the other members of the team or to the Irish Tourist Board.''

Garcia, reached at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., would not comment on Ballesteros' claim that he asked for money.

However, Garcia did seem irked at the remarks of his Spanish countryman.

``I don't know where that came from,'' he said. ``It looks like he is not happy about me playing. I thought it was OK. It looks like that is not the case.''

Garcia plans to play the WorldCom Classic that week on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

``If I have a clone, I'll be able to play everywhere every week,'' Garcia said. ``Unfortunately, there's only one Sergio Garcia.''

Among the top players who have qualified for the Seve Trophy, Germany's Bernhard Langer has yet to commit, but Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal will play.


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