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Olazabal dismisses claims that he's quitting

Jose Maria Olazabal has dismissed reports that he might miss next week's Ryder Cup because of poor form.

  On Friday the Spaniard made his first halfway cut since he broke a bone in his hand when he hit a hotel wall in anger at the US Open in June.

But his form of recent weeks has been bad, and on Saturday The Express newspaper quoted him as saying: If I feel I am not playing well enought I will be the first to step down."

The Masters champion was speaking at the Lancome Trophy in Paris - the final event before next week's competition.

Olazabal is the most experienced member of the European side, and has played in every Ryder Cup session since 1987.

When shown the newspaper headline on Saturday he said: "Show that to Sergio my manager - give him a laugh too."

He clarified what he had said on Friday, by explaining that he was not sure whether captain Mark James would pick him for all the foursomes and fourballs.

"If I feel I am not playing well then I will let Mark know. The team comes first," he added.