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Nick Faldo speaks about 2008 Captaincy

Nick Faldo was today appointed European captain for the Ryder Cup in 2008 in an unprecedented double announcement, which also named Ian Woosnam as the captain for 2006. This is the first time that the Ryder Cup committee has named a captain so far ahead of the actual competition, a clear show of the support that Faldo has within the sport.

Nick Faldo released the following statement after the announcement:

“I am delighted that the committee has decided to announce the captaincy for 2008 and can’t say how excited I am at the prospect of leading the European side in the US. The Ryder Cup has always been extremely important to me and I will look forward to planning for that match – but for now it is Ian’s time and I wish him the best for his captaincy.

“I’ve spent a lot of my career in America and have always enjoyed the support of the people and the challenge of competing on the other side of the pond. I hope that my profile and success in the US will be an advantage to the European team.

“The Ryder Cup is one of the most exciting competitions in the golfing calendar and never fails to inspire both team members and spectators alike. With eleven previous appearances, I have so many fond memories of my time as a player and am honoured to be joining the list of great names that have captained the European side in the past. Having played under five different captains, I’ve picked up a few tips along the way and hope that I can draw on my own experiences to guide the European side to victory.

“European golf is in a very good state of health at the moment and players from throughout the continent have proved themselves to be major contenders on the world stage. Their ability and drive are second to none. Above all though, the European team understands the importance of camaraderie and that is a tradition that I hope to continue into 2008. We have always succeeded in pulling together as a group of nations that realise the shared importance of an event like the Ryder Cup and I am really looking forward to guiding the team, whoever they may be.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the committee and in particular George O’Grady, for giving me the chance to realise what has long been a dream of mine. This double announcement shows genuine vision on the committee’s part and I look forward to working with them when the time comes for me to take the reigns. This is a proud day for me and I am extremely excited by the prospect of leading the European team on to another great Ryder Cup success.”

 

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