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Olazabal slams Seve absentees

RYDER Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal has slammed the likes of Major champions Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell for not making the effort to compete in the Seve Trophy.

Olazabal was in France to oversee the biennial tournament, won by Paul McGinley's Britain and Ireland on Sunday, by three points, over a Continental Europe team captained by Jean Van de Velde.

Despite mailing letters to as many as three dozen prospective players on both sides, some of Europe's leading players elected to skip the competition.

Olazabal said that the next tournament in 2013 would be moved to a timeslot that would ensure players would have no excuse to miss the event.

"In two years' time we are hoping this event moves to the week of the Presidents Cup, and after the end of the FedEx Cup, and if that is the case there will be no excuse not to be present," said Olazabal.