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As Middle Eastern summits go, there should be a resolution to suit everybody. Or, maybe not. Today in Dubai, the Tournament Committee of the European Tour will select the next European Ryder Cup captain. Assuming deadlock is avoided, the man to defend the cup against the Americans at the K Club in Ireland next year will be announced tomorrow.

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