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Faldo joins race for 2006 Ryder Cup captain

Nick Faldo, Europe's most successful golfer of modern times, has joined the race to become Ryder Cup captain for the defence of the trophy against the U.S. in 2006.

German Bernhard Langer has not ruled out staying on as skipper after guiding Europe to a record win this month in Michigan, and Faldo's fellow Britons Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle have also said they want the job.

Faldo, a six-times major winner, told The Times on Thursday that he had all the right credentials.

"I've got the experience, I know what tricks they are going to try to pull. I know about putting the teams out and what the strategy should be on Sunday," he said.

"There are not too many more new permutations to come up with, but if you've got the experience, you know them.

"Obviously, there are quite a few guys who want it but whenever the committee ask for nominations I will say 'yes, I'm up for it'.

"If I never got the job I'd be disappointed but I am not going to wave my arms about. I am just going to let them decide and whatever that is I will support 100 percent."

Faldo, 47, is the leading points scorer in European Ryder Cup history and made 11 consecutive appearances from 1977 to 1997. He was on the winning team four times.

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