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Jose Maria Olazabal has put himself forward as a candidate for the Ryder Cup captaincy next year, even though all the signs now point to him having to wait until 2012 and Colin Montgomerie taking charge at Celtic Manor.

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Scot linked with surprise skipper's role if Jose Maria Olazabal decides to play on

Faldo fallout could cost Lyle lead role

Sandy Lyle looks around at the rest of the field vying to become Europe's next Ryder Cup captain and reasons that his time must be nigh. When the European Tour players' committee convene at their much-mooted meeting on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi and hear that Jose Maria Olazabal is still refusing to put his name forward for next year's match, then how can they fail to reach the glaringly obvious choice? It has to be Sandy. Doesn't it?

Faldo ego left Europe's Cup empty

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'I will bring flair and excitement,' claims Poulter

Justin Rose has issued a warning for all those who wish to see Ian Poulter fall on the seat on his famous pants here this week. "When Ian has a point to prove," he said, "he is in the habit of going out there and proving it." It was a big statement from a young Englishman who is not normally prone to hyperbole.

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James Lawton: Calm after savage storm should induce a sense of perspective in Valhalla captains

A sports event is not the best reason for grown men to behave like teenagers

Greatest challenge for Faldo is to share his personal vision

After the war of words, captain must learn how to talk to his team

Nick Faldo: 'I'm ready to lock horns'

Aloof and obsessive in pursuit of success as a player, the European Ryder Cup captain insists he has changed. He talks to Brian Viner about the journey he has been on and why he can inspire his team to thrive in the cauldron of Valhalla

Lack of professional success no barrier for Wilson

With apologies to Gregory Havret, the Frenchman who prevailed in a tense finish to this Johnnie Walker Championship, the proudest player on this golf course yesterday was Oliver Wilson. He does not expect to have a pub named after him, but Mansfield will have toasted his achievement last night.

Monty rounds on Poulter in Ryder Cup wild card row

Never mind squeaky bum time, this is squawking gob time. As the race to make the Ryder Cup reaches its critical stage, two of the players in the frame to be named as Nick Faldo's wild cards here on Sunday evening are involved in a verbal skirmish that reveals just how tense this run-in has become. So much for all that legendary European camaraderie.

Monty's last stand: Countdown to golf's greatest team contest

Colin Montgomerie, the mainstay of Europe's recent Ryder Cup domination, needs a miracle at Gleneagles this week to make the team – and even that may not prove enough. By James Corrigan, Golf Correspondent

Dougherty faces hard charge for Cup place

Nick Dougherty slipped out of the lead at the Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm after the Swede Peter Hanson, co-leader with the Briton overnight, shot 68 to head the field on 10 under par.

Azinger in a quandary over America's Ryder Cup wild cards

The America captain, Paul Azinger, yesterday welcomed Boo Weekley's qualification for his Ryder Cup team to face Europe in Kentucky next month and the unashamed redneck immediately revealed his intentions by warning Padraig Harrington, the Open and USPGA champion, "you have a target on your back".

Rose's grit can grind down the 'Monster'

On the day that Colin Montgomerie equalled his worst score in a major, Justin Rose made a welcome return to form. The humiliating experience of shooting 84 could signal the end of the Scot's major odyssey, but for the Englishman this could just be the inspiration he needs to put his march to the big-time back on its feet.

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