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Langer hopeful of playing in 2004 Ryder Cup

Bernhard Langer says he hopes to be playing in the next Ryder Cup in 2004 - not captaining it.

The German will be 47 in two years and has been tipped as a strong candidate for the lead role along with Ian Woosnam.

But Langer, with 24 points the second most successful player in Ryder Cup history, is not sure he wants the pressure of being captain.

He told German media: "I really need to think about such an offer. I know that I would love to do it but I need some more time.

"Being the team skipper means accepting a lot of time-consuming duties. I would also have to ask my family first.

"It is a very tough job and one which carries with it huge responsibility."

Langer added: "In two years' time I will be 47. If I am still good enough to be chosen as a player, why should I captain the team instead of playing for it?

"I could captain it later on. After all we need the twelve best players to beat the Americans."

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