Originally created 07/04/97

Ballesteros won't play Ryder Cup



DUBLIN, Ireland - Europe's Ryder Cup captain Seve Ballesteros says it would take a miracle for him to play against the United States in September.

"It would not be fair to pick myself. Unless there is a miracle I won't be playing," Ballesteros said Thursday. "Anyway, it seems to me that it's not possible to play and be captain and do a good job."

Ballesteros, a two-time Masters champion and a player on Europe's winning Ryder Cup teams over the last decade, has been plagued by back injuries for two years, and a resulting loss of form.

But he has no plans yet to have surgery on his back.

"I don't want to talk about an operation," he said.

"The more I'm asked the worse I get mentally. Every step on the walk people remind me of my back. It's nice that people care, but it's not nice to keep talking about something I don't want to talk about."

Ballesteros can add two of his own choices to supplement the top 10 players on the Ryder Cup points list, which is determined by tournament results. The Spaniard can select himself.



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