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Last Updated: Monday, 25 September 2006, 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK
Faldo fired by European passion
Nick Faldo
Faldo has won more points in the Ryder Cup than any other player
Europe's next Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo says he would happily take the same 12 players who won this year's event to defend the trophy in 2008.

Faldo, the event's record points scorer with 25, succeeds Ian Woosnam after Europe's third consecutive victory.

"Can I have 12 wildcards and just take this team over?" Faldo said. "Just give them a cat's lick, some deodorant and clean shirts and just start over!

"These guys love this week so much, they are so passionate about it."

Europe's 18-9 victory matched the record margin of victory of Bernhard Langer's team at Oakland Hills in 2004.

They went out with the right attitude to win as many points as possible

Nick Faldo
It was an unprecedented third win in succession for Europe, and a fifth win in six, leaving Faldo with a hard act to follow in Valhalla, Kentucky in two years' time.

"I don't have to think of much of a game-plan," he added.

"Passion is the best word in sport and this event just drags the passion out of you like nothing else. We talk and speculate all week but once the players get to Friday they are as happy as sandboys.

"We have won every series (of the three days), which is unprecedented.

"We talked about needing to win four-and-a-half points from the singles but they went out with the right attitude to win as many points as possible and add them up at the end of the day."

Faldo paid tribute to the performance of Darren Clarke, who won three points out of three six weeks after the death of his wife Heather from cancer.

"For a moment it looked like it was going to go to Darren to hole the winning putt, which would have been unbelievable," he added.

"To have a camera in your face all week after all he has been through is unbelievable."

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