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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nick Faldo wants another chance at Ryder Cup captaincy

Six-times major champion Nick Faldo would like another chance to lead Europe at the 2010 Ryder Cup, despite the team slumping to their first defeat in nine years under his captaincy.

Under Faldo, Europe suffered a 16- to 11- loss to the United States at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky in September, its heaviest defeat since 1981, prompting harsh criticism of his captaincy in the tabloids.

"I enjoyed it so much that week, it really was a great experience," the 51-year-old told reporters on Wednesday.

"If somewhere down the line there's another opportunity to be captain, I would seriously consider it," he said.

Faldo is among six former major champions teeing off at the co-sanctioned Hong Kong Open Thursday, including fellow Briton Paul Lawrie, German Bernhard Langer and Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal.

Dubbed "Captain Calamity" in some newspapers, Faldo was taken to task for sending out his big guns at the bottom of the order with Europe trailing 9-7 on the final day.

He was also criticised for overlooking Ryder Cup stalwarts Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie as his two wildcard picks, opting instead for Ian Poulter and Paul Casey.

Faldo would need to overcome a strong bid from double major winner Sandy Lyle, who Montgomerie has backed for the captaincy.

Montgomerie, who has ruled himself out of the captaincy race in an attempt to play his way into the team, reiterated his support for his 50-year-old fellow Scotsman Wednesday.

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