Faldo and Ballesteros name wildcards for Seve Trophy

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LONDON, Sep 19 (Reuters) England's Simon Dyson and Marc Warren of Scotland have been named by Britain and Ireland captain Nick Faldo as his two wildcard picks for the fifth edition of the Seve Trophy in Ireland next week.

Faldo's opposite number Seve Ballesteros selected fellow Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Dane Thomas Bjorn as his wildcards for the Continental Europe team.

''In Marc Warren I'm bringing a player to the team that has come through a sudden-death playoff to claim each of his four professional wins, proving that he has a cool head under pressure,'' Faldo said in a news release yesterday.

''In Simon Dyson we have a player that has proved he can perform under the spotlight following a gritty performance at this year's US PGA Championship (finishing joint sixth).'' Ballesteros was pleased to maintain Bjorn's ever-present record in the event.

''I'm delighted to have someone of Thomas's experience in the team and we know what a great competitor he is in this format,'' said the Spaniard.

''Gonzalo is one of the most exciting young players on the tour and I believe he will play a good role in the team.'' Britain and Ireland lead the series 3-1 going into the Sept.

27-30 match at the Heritage Golf&Spa Resort at Killenard, County Laois.

Teams: Britain and Ireland: Colin Montgomerie (Scotland), Justin Rose (England), Paul Casey (England), Bradley Dredge (Wales), Graeme Storm (England), Oliver Wilson (England), Nick Dougherty (England), Phillip Archer (England), Simon Dyson (England), Marc Warren (Scotland).

Continental Europe: Robert Karlsson (Sweden), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain), Raphael Jacquelin (France), Mikko Ilonen (Finland), Soren Hansen (Denmark), Gregory Havret (France), Markus Brier (Austria), Peter Hanson (Sweden), Thomas Bjorn (Denmark), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain).

REUTERS BJR BST1022

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