Golf: Ballesteros' Ryder blueprint

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Seve Ballesteros has revealed his blueprint of how he thinks the next European Ryder Cup golf team should be chosen.

Ballesteros resigned as captain straight after the victory at Valderrama in September as he wants to play at Brookline in Boston in 1999. "There should be at least three wild-card selections," he said. "I think qualification should only be in the current year, not starting the previous September, and the top 15 in any tournament should be awarded points. It should not be done on money." Having the qualifying race over eight months rather than 12 would reduce the chances of an out-of-form player making the side.

Ballesteros had only two wild cards this year. He wanted four, but his request was rejected by Europe's Ryder Cup Committee, and but for Miguel Angel Martin's injury he would have been forced to omit either Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal or Jesper Parnevik.

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