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Faldo Left Off Ryder Cup Team


Nick Faldo is being left off this year's Ryder Cup team, ending his streak of 11 straight appearances.

Team captain Mark James told Faldo, whose 11 appearances and 23 match wins are Ryder Cup records, that he wouldn't be a wild-card selection when the European side is announced Sunday.

"I bumped into Mark in the hotel last night and asked him he said I was too far down the ladder," said a dejected Faldo, who had openly campaigned to make the team.

Faldo, with six major championships, has played in every Ryder Cup since 1977.

That year, the 19-year-old Faldo beat Tom Watson in his match when the American was widely regarded as the world's best golfer.

Colin Montgomerie, Europe's top golfer of the 1990s, said Faldo should be on the team that faces the United States on Sept. 24-26 in Brookline, Mass.

"The team that plays in Brookline will be weaker without Nick," Montgomerie said. "I would pick him, yes."

The two golfers are playing the BMW Open, where European players are scrambling to qualify for the 12-man team.

While Montgomerie leads the Ryder Cup points list, Faldo has fallen out of the top 40.

Faldo was angry that James didn't inform him he had no chance when the two were at the PGA Championship last week, saying he wouldn't have played the BMW as a last-ditch effort to save his Cup hopes.

"I could have done with a week off," said Faldo, 42, who believes his experience would help a European team that could have six rookies on it.

In perhaps his most memorable Ryder Cup match, Faldo beat Curtis Strange in 1995 for the key victory that lifted Europe past the United States.

Veterans Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam, key players on the teams that beat the United States in the last two competitions, are considered leading wild-card candidates this year.

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