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GOLF fans could lose interest in the Ryder Cup unless America put up a better challenge at Valhalla this week, Seve Ballesteros warned yesterday.

Europe have been on top in recent years and won by a whopping nine points last time out at the K Club in Ireland.

Captain of the European side that lost by a point in Spain in 1997, Ballesteros said: "We've won the last three events and the domination by the Europeans is very clear.

"In one way I'd like to see the Americans win because we're beating them so clearly at the moment the Ryder Cup is losing interest.

"I wouldn't say the Americans don't want to compete but if victory is so one-sided then people from both sides of the Atlantic will lose interest." Ballesteros gave his full backing to this year's captain Nick Faldo's controversial wild-card picks Paul Casey and Ian Poulter. The Spaniard said: "They are two great champions and very good players. Both have played in the Seve Trophy and have the experience."

Meanwhile, US captain Paul Azinger has brought the issue of gamesmanship into the spotlight ahead of tee off on Friday.

Back in 1991, Azinger dubbed Ballesteros "the king of gamesmanship".

Asked if "dirty tricks"still went on at the tournament, Azinger said: "It's alive and well. You don't always see it. It can be a spoken word or early walking in the middle of a backswing. I could mention things, but I don't want to start an international incident."

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Date:Sep 15, 2008
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