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James delays Ryder cup role for a month

Mark James has set himself a one-month deadline before making the most important decision of his playing career.

The 45-year-old was named captain of the European Ryder Cup team 10 months ago but his form this year has propelled him into seventh place in the European rankings.

Now James must decide whether to accept a dual role of player and captain or forego one of his posts ahead of the tournament at the Brookline course in Boston, USA, in September.

"I said you can't play and captain. I have said that right from the start and everybody seems to be repeating that," James said.

"It's impossible. But it's too early to speculate on my position on the list.

"I'm going to wait for another month or so and then it will become fairly obvious if I'm going to become a contender or not.

"There are a lot of big tournaments coming up in the next few weeks and there may be a few changes on the list by then. Then I will be deciding what to do and how we should proceed.

"At the moment I'm quite happy being captain and I've enjoyed that. It's been hard work at times but I've been quite happy in that role.

"But I would be equally happy to assume any other role whether it be as vice captain or as a player.

"It's just a question of waiting another month."

In the meantime James will not be drawn on his personal preference for his role in the competition.

"If it's a dilemma, it's one I'm absolutely delighted to have," stressed James.

"I'm not losing any sleep over it but I tend not to lose sleep over anything. So there is nothing out of the ordinary there.

"At Valderrama, Tom Kite (American captain) came quite close to making it and a lot of the players said he should have given himself a wild card but I can tell you that is one thing which won't be happening with me."

James is set to take advice from previous captains Seve Ballesteros and Bernard Gallagher as he prepares to try and wrest the trophy from the USA in September.

"I haven't sought their advice yet but I will be speaking to both Seve and Bernard definitely at some stage," James said. "Just to see if there is a little something to pass on.

"I don't think there is a huge amount to be learnt. I think most of us, especially when you have played in a number of Ryder Cups, are fairly aware of what is going on.

"But there might be that little something that they can teach me that I have not thought of."