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US Players put Ryder Cup cash on back burner

The issue of whether players should receive more of the Ryder Cup profits - likely to be in the region of £14million next month - has been placed on the back burner.

A meeting of top American players and cup officials, called by captain Ben Crenshaw, was held on Tuesday and resulted in a statement that talks are going to be held.

But both PGA of America chief executive officer Jim Awtrey and US Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said that not one of the players present had asked to be paid themselves and that the discussions will focus on them being involved more in the distribution of cash to charity.

Tiger Woods said prior to the meeting that unless things changed there could be a boycott on the match in future, while Mark O'Meara has been outspoken about players being given a share of the profits.

Now, though, there appears to have been an agreement to shelve the issue and concentrate instead on trying to beat Europe in Boston on September 24-26.

This week's United States PGA championship at Medinah - scene of the meeting - is the last qualifying event for the Americans and 29 players still have a chance of making the side.

On Sunday night the top 10 in the table qualify automatically and Crenshaw will then name two wild cards to complete his line-up.