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Faldo names Olazabal and McGinley as assistants

Faldo names Olazabal and McGinley as assistants

European captain Nick Faldo picked Jose Maria Olazabal and Paul McGinley as his assistants Tuesday for the 2008 Ryder Cup _ provided they don't make the team as players.
Olazabal and McGinley have both said they hope to play when Europe defends the title against the United States at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky.
Faldo said he can change his assistants if needed near the end of qualifying in August.
"Their No. 1 goals are to make the team and I'm fully supportive of that," he said. "If they do, I'll come up with some more names. But if one or both do not make the 2008 team, they are my captains at the match."
Olazabal and McGinley both played on the European team that beat the Americans in Ireland in September.
Olazabal, a 41-year-old Spaniard, has played in seven Ryder Cups. He made the team again last year after a seven-year absence. He and Seve Ballesteros formed a strong partnership, winning 11, halving two and losing two of their 15 matches as partners.
"Obviously this is a great feeling," Olazabal said. "As Nick knows, my intentions are to be part of the team as a player. Obviously it is nice to be named by Nick to talk to him on any area where he may need help."
McGinley, an Irishman, played on the last three winning Ryder Cup teams. He made the winning putt at The Belfry in 2002.
"It's a great honor to be picked," he said. "But I've played in the last three and I want to take part in the next one. But I'll be there to help in any way I can."
Faldo, in his first news conference as Ryder Cup captain, said he picked the pair to get insight and information about the players who are candidates to make the team.
"I feel it was very important for me to have good eyes and ears close to the ground, good feedback, so we can discuss things," he said.
Faldo said he and U.S. captain Paul Azinger, who both work as golf commentators on television, have spoken about next year's event.
"Paul will definitely command the respect of his players," Faldo said.
Faldo conceded that after three straight victories Europe would go to Kentucky next year as favorite.
"That's something we will have to deal with. But it will be a very important Ryder Cup for our players, for the European Tour and for the record books," he said.


Updated : 2021-10-16 14:23 GMT+08:00