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Martin and Ballesteros shake hands

Valderrama, Spain, 24th September - To everyone's relief Miguel Angel Martin appeared at Valderrama today prepared to settle his differences with Seve Ballesteros, Europe's Ryder Cup team captian. They both shook hands and Martin will now join the squad as a non-playing member.

Martin, who was the 10th and last automatic qualifier for the matches, was axed from the team when after two months out of the game with a wrist injury, he refused to take a fitness test. With fine disregard for the necessities of team membership he declared he needed until this Friday, the day matches begin.

He was disabused of that idea by the Ryder Cup Committee with some would think unseemly haste in throwing him off the team. Martin promptly said he would sue.

It's over and I'm happy," said Martin, who added that his injured wrist still was not ready for competition. "I'm here for the week and I'm even staying in the room next to Seve."

He refused to say anything about the Ryder Cup Committee's offer of financial compensation but it is expected a press conference will be held tomorrow.

"Martin is morally re-established on the team," said Pedro Cordelus, vice president of the Spanish Golf Federation. "He is looking toward the future and not at the past."

Martin will now wear a uniform and accompany the team at all functions.