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Olazabal granted his Ryder Cup wild card wish

Jose Maria Olazabal has been granted his wish for the European's defence of the Ryder Cup next year with the confirmation that only two wild card entries will be necessary.

In addition, there have been changes made to the qualifying system which will come into place for the event in Chicago, when the finest golfers from either side of the Atlantic will don their golf clothing.

Previous captain Colin Montgomerie asked for three wild cards for the tournament at Celtic Manor last October and was faced with a tough choice between Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Justin Rose and Edoardo Molinari.

Spaniard Olazabal said that by selecting five players from a European Tour money list and then going to a world ranking points list for the next five would help to ensure that the best players will qualify automatically.

"I am very pleased that the tournament committee has agreed to my request," said Olazabal.

"The only reason that I asked for a change in the criteria is because I believe that it will give me the strongest team possible to defend the Ryder Cup.

"We are going to have a very strong team, but I just felt that this would give the team the best chance to keep the Ryder Cup and that is what we all want."

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