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Ian Woosnam has become the latest leading player to say that Europe's Ryder Cup Committee made a bad blunder by switching to only two wild cards for this September's match against the United States. ``We should have gone from three to at least four - not the other way. Having more wild cards leaves you room,'' the Welshman said yesterday, who could miss out if things do not go well in the final eight weeks of qualifying. "I don't want to be in the team if I am playing badly, but my game is getting better.''

US RYDER CUP STANDINGS (Top 10 after US PGA Championship qualify to play Europe from 22 to 24 September at Oak Hill, New York with captain Lanny Wadkins selecting the two other team members): 1 C Pavin 1,014.167pts; 2 T Lehman 812.500; 3 D Love III 770.000; 4 P Mickelson 639.864; 5 L Roberts 601.500; 6 B Crenshaw 598.286; 7 P Jacobsen 590.000; 8 J Haas 530.000; 9 M Calcavecchia 529.750; 10 K Perry 526.000; 11 J Gallagher jnr 522.333; 12 B Faxon and L Janzen 422.500; 14 B Glasson 416.309; 15 M McCumber 409.166.

EUROPEAN AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (Royal Antwerp, Bel) 340 Scotland (G Sherry 66, B Howard 67, S Gallacher 68, G Rankin 69, A Reid 70, H McKibbin 73 - did not count). 346 Ireland (K Nolan 66, G Murphy 68, P Harrington 68, J Fanagan 72, G McGimpsey 72, J Morris 78 - did not count). 347 Sweden, France. 354 Belgium. 356 England (M Foster 69, D Howell 71, G Harris 72, L James 72, G Wolstenholme 72, C Edwards 72 - did not count). 359 Norway. 360 Spain. 361 Germany. 362 Denmark. 363 Italy. 364 Austria. 366 Netherlands. 368 Wales (B Dredge 70, C Evans 71, M Smith 73, D Park 76, Y Taylor 78, G Houston 78 - did not count), Finland, Switzerland.

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