Faldo and Ballesteros leave out experienced campaigners

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KILLENARD, Ireland, Sep 29 (Reuters) Seve Trophy captains Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros have decided to leave out their most experienced players for this morning's greensomes.

With Britain and Ireland level 5-5 with Continental Europe after day two, Faldo has rested former skipper Colin Montgomerie while Ballesteros has given his 1997 Ryder Cup deputy Miguel Angel Jimenez the morning off.

The omissions were made easier after both men suffered two defeats with their partners, Montgomerie alongside fellow Scot Marc Warren and Jimenez with Spanish compatriot Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

''I need Monty fresh for this afternoon foursomes,'' Faldo told reporters after Friday's fourballs. ''I looked at a few permutations, though, it was a tough decision.

''Marc's struggling with his swing a bit and it's getting to him that he wants to support Monty.'' Ballesteros said: ''Miguel Angel's 42 and I don't think 36 holes tomorrow will help him for tomorrow's singles so I give him a little rest and most likely he will play in the foursomes.

''I rest Gonzalo because it seems to me they will play very good together soon.'' Ballesteros's hands-on captaincy this week is reminiscent of his leadership when taking Europe to victory in the 1997 Ryder Cup, with Finn Mikko Ilonen describing his tactics as ''intimidating''.

''I like to talk to players, give them advice,'' said Ballesteros. ''I feel the closer I am to them the better they feel, it's more energy for them.

''I made the decisions on the last hole for Mikko and Markus Brier, using the same tactics I used in the past when I played with Jose Maria Olazabal.

''It worked,'' he said referring to the duo's one-hole win over Nick Dougherty and Graeme Storm.

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