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Ian Woosnam wants fourballs to start Ryder Cup

European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam will tell his American counterpart Tom Lehman next week that he wants to begin the 2006 match in Ireland with fourballs.

Europe made a flying start last year after American captain Hal Sutton decided to begin with fourballs instead of the foursomes normally favoured by the U.S.

After taking a 3-1 lead in the fourballs, Europe were never threatened and went on to a record 18 1/2-9 1/2 victory.

The two captains meet up at the 2006 Cup venue, the K Club, next week for the European Open and Woosnam has decided to use his home captain's prerogative.

"I'll most probably start with fourballs and hope we can perform like we did last time," Woosnam told Reuters on Wednesday on the eve of the French Open.

"Once you're ahead the other team's always trying to catch up."

The 47-year-old Briton also revealed he will be selecting his vice-captains next week, one of whom is almost certain to be an Irishman, probably Des Smyth.

Woosnam is far happier with his game than at this month's Wales Open when he threatened to give up playing if his putting did not improve.

"I'm trying a bit of a different mentality," Woosnam added. "I've flattened the putter head a little, I noticed I had the putter a little bit too much in the air.

"I've also gone back to a longer backswing, more like I used to putt, which gives me a bit more rhythm in my putting."


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