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Olazabal: Seve Trophy should offer Ryder Cup points

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Jose Maria Olazabal thinks he has a way to entice some of Europe’s top-tier players to compete in the Seve Trophy: offer Ryder Cup points.

“That would make it more appealing and more interesting,” he told Reuters in an interview. “It is a team event, after all.”

Olazabal was the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup captain, but he also led Continental Europe at this year’s Seve Trophy, which it won for the first time in 13 years.

The lack of star power at the event – Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald were missing, to name a few – irked many European players, including Paul Lawrie and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Putting points at stake might lure a few Ryder Cup hopefuls, but the tournament date remains the most pressing issue. This year, the cup was held after the FedEx Cup playoffs but before the European Tour’s Final Series.

“I was a little sad some of the top players didn’t play,” Olazabal said, via Reuters, “but on the other hand I understand most of them have a tight schedule.”