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Love wants to play part

Davis Love III does not rule out being a playing-captain of the United States Ryder Cup team next year - something that has not been done since Arnold Palmer in 1963.

The 46-year-old, confirmed yesterday as Corey Pavin's successor, said firmly: "If I qualify and I know that I am healthy I would like to play.

"Maybe I would play once a day and turn my radio in. It would be a nice problem to have.

"We'll cross that bridge if we get to it, but it would be a great story for our team if I get three or four points out of the deal."

Love currently stands 111th in the world at the moment and last season finished fourth in the Players Championship and sixth at the US Open.

In his only start this year he was ninth at the Sony Open in Hawaii last Sunday.

The last of his six caps was in Detroit seven years ago.

One of Pavin's four assistants in the one-point defeat at Celtic Manor in October, Love was as much a favourite to take over as Jose Maria Olazabal was to succeed Colin Montgomerie as Europe's captain.

Irish Independent