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Support for Ryder Cup-style event for seniors


Pavin backs seniors Ryder Cup

American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin believes a similar event for senior players would be a big hit.

"There's room for it and I know it's been talked about a little bit," he told BBC Scotland.

"I think it would be a lot of fun. A lot of people would be interested in watching and a lot of players would be interested in playing.

"It would probably have a different feel but it would be very competitive - players would want to win just as bad."

Pavin was speaking on the eve of the Seniors Open Championship at Carnoustie, where he will be joined in the field by one his deputies for this year's Ryder Cup, Tom Lehman.

And the beaten 2006 US captain also believes a contest for the older players is a great idea.

Lehman keen on senior Ryder Cup

"You would think there would be a way to make the whole Ryder Cup experience that much better by including something for the former greats," said the 51-year-old.

"People would love to watch Tom Watson tee it up in a singles match against Sandy Lyle or Bernhard Langer. That would be really fun for the fans to see.

"If it was part of the lead up to the actual Ryder Cup it would be a lot of fun. It would be competitive. It would be somewhat inspirational.

"There's only one Ryder Cup and that's for the young bucks.

"But to bring back some of the golden oldies - people would love to see their long-time heroes play in a Ryder Cup-type event, as long as it didn't detract from the real thing. That always need to stay front and centre as the biggest event in golf."

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