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Woosnam looking for Ryder Cup deal

Ian Woosnam asked European Ryder Cup team chiefs on Friday to agree on a deal which would lead to him withdrawing his candidacy as captain for the 2004 match in the United States.

Woosnam, who was vice-captain to Sam Torrance in Europe's victorious team last year at The Belfry, believes Bernhard Langer would be the ideal man to the lead the defence next year in Michigan.

The Welshman told a news conference during the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth that he would then take over the reins in Ireland for the next match in 2006.

"I would rather see Langer do it next time because I think he would be perfect in America and I think I'd do a really good job in Ireland. That would be perfect," he said.

"But if I'm not guaranteed it in three or four years time I would want to have a shot this time. I wouldn't want to be passed over and miss out altogether."

Langer and Woosnam are favourites for the job in 2004 although twice major winner Sandy Lyle is also in the running. Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie are among the likely runners for 2006.

Woosnam, the 1991 US Masters champion running second in the Volvo PGA Championship, said he had heard nothing from the Ryder Cup committee since applying for the job.

"I hope it's not to late for a double ticket between Bernhard and me. I'd love to think it wasn't."

The Ryder Cup committee said a decision would be made in time for the British Open in July. Hal Sutton was named U.S. skipper last year.

 

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