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Lyle puts himself forward for Ryder Cup role

Sandy Lyle insists he is still interested in leading Europe in the 2006 Ryder Cup despite receiving an astonishing snub ahead of this year's competition.

Former Open and Masters champ Lyle was keen to lend his experience to Bernhard Langer's backroom team at Oakland Hills.

But having notified the various European Ryder Cup committees of his interest, the 46-year-old was left stunned when he didn't even receive a 'thanks but no thanks' in return. Lyle said: 'I thought I would've been given a backroom role at Oakland Hills and I informed the committees of my interest.

'It would've been nice of them to send me notification at least to say 'thanks but no thanks' but there was nothing like that at all.

'I feel that with my experience I would have had plenty to offer but I've put my name forward for 2006.

'There's a lot of names being banded about for the captain's post but I would like to be involved in some capacity. Just to be there,whether it's ina vice-captain's role would be good.'

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