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Parnevik urges James to pick Faldo

Jesper Parnevik has urged Ryder Cup captain Mark James to name Nick Faldo in the European team.

Swedish ace Parnevik - who is defending the Volvo Scandinavian Masters title on home soil in Malmo this week - believes Faldo's experience from past battles with the Americans is vital to Europe's Ryder Cup hopes.

"I would like to see Nick in the European team," said Parnevik, who is hoping to qualify for the team automatically.

"The Ryder Cup is such a big competition that we need his experience.

"My two wild card selections would be Nick and Per-Ulrik Johansson."

Faldo is 51st in the Ryder rankings and has virtually no chance of making the European team automatically, so he must hope for a wild card from skipper James.

The British favourite - who is taking this week off to prepare for the USPGA - was picked that way by Seve Ballesteros two years ago and formed a formidable partnership with Ryder rookie Lee Westwood.

However, Faldo's form has dipped dramatically since the last Cup competition and many golf pundits believe it would be a mistake for James to pick him, and there is instead a swell of support for Spanish whizz-kid Sergio Garcia.

Europe's top gun, Colin Montgomerie, feels Faldo needs to prove his form is good enough to merit a place in the team.

"Nick is not playing his best, that is obvious," said Montgomerie.

"It would be nice to have Nick on the team playing 80% of what he is capable of doing, but it is not 80% right now and he has to show some signs of improvement.

"We shall have to see, but you know what Nick is like and he'll be determined to show form in the last couple of events and when it comes down to the wire, Nick usually pulls it out."

Parnevik, meanwhile, is certain to be chosen if he fails to make the top ten. The only reason he has not got enough points already is that he is playing mostly on the American circuit rather than the European Tour, and he is currently in 34th place in the standings, 2,102 points behind tenth-placed Robert Karlsson.

"I want to qualify automatically," said Parnevik, who knows that a successful defence here is worth 2,333 points.

"I have two big weeks coming up - here and then the USPGA - and I have set my sights on a top-three finish in both."