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Caddies will have to miss Concorde

Europe's Ryder Cup team caddies cannot accompany the players to the United States on Concorde despite the protest from Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke.

They must cross the Atlantic business class on a non-supersonic flight, European Tour executive director Ken Schofield confirmed on Friday.

There is simply no room for them on the scheduled flight, he added, unlike the 1995 match at Oak Hill when caddies and players all travelled on a chartered Concorde.

The caddies will arrive in Brookline four hours after the players and have 3-1/2 days to prepare for the biennial match against the United States on September 24-26.

Westwood and Clarke were worried that that the jet-lagged bagmen would not be ready for practice soon enough.

"The arrangement to fly the caddies in business class seats was provided a long time ago by the Ryder Cup committee," said Schofield. "They've been taken care of for many years now for Ryder Cups, dating back to Tony Jacklin's captaincy.

"They will arrive on the Monday not long after the players."

Schofield accepted that Westwood had made a valid point when he said the caddies should accompany the players to encourage team spirit but said that 1995 was a one-off case.