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I've had no Celtic Manor captaincy offer, says Ollie.

JOSE Maria Olazabal insists he has not been invited to become Ryder Cup captain for Celtic Manor in Wales in two years' time.

Thomas Bjorn, chairman of Europe's players' committee, did speak to the Spaniard two weeks ago, but after missing the halfway cut at Augusta National Olazabal said: "The job was not offered.

"We just had a little chat - nothing serious.

The job was not on the line. That information (the offer of the captaincy) is not completely accurate."

Olazabal has just returned from seven months out fighting rheumatism in his joints and the speculation was that his health might lead to him taking on the role next time rather than later in his career.

On that, though, he said: "I'm 42 and if I didn't think I can play in two years' time I should not be here.

"If I get healthy I still think I can play some golf. There is no rush. We have a lot of time ahead."

Sandy Lyle has long declared his interest in being in charge at Celtic Manor and was asked earlier in the day about how he would feel if he was overlooked.

The 50-year-old said: "I have no idea. If it's happened, it's happened. I'm not going to lose sleep about it.

"But 2010 would be my last opportunity. I would not accept it in four years' time - too old."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 12, 2008
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