Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Faldo and Rose Add to Ryder Strength; A Long Day at the Office for Nick

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Faldo and Rose Add to Ryder Strength; A Long Day at the Office for Nick

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Byline: DAVID SMITH

THE strength of Europe's Ryder Cup challenge shows no sign of being diminished judging by the performances of Nick Faldo and Justin Rose in the Cisco World Match Play Championship.

Faldo, the 45-year-old veteran of 11 Cup appearances, and Rose, whose only experience of the competition is watching from the galleries, have both stated their intention to qualify for the team that will defend the trophy against the United States in 2004.

If they succeed in that aim, and manage to repeat the gritty determination demonstrated in two enthralling first round matches over Wentworth's West Course yesterday, it will take something special to loosen Europe's grip on the Cup.

Faldo, who has won two Match Play titles, was three down after 23 holes against Michael Campbell of New Zealand. He got it back to all-square after 31 and then, having lost the next two holes, Faldo won the last two to take the tie into extra time.

In fact, Faldo and Campbell played for nine hours and five minutes before bad light forced them to come back this morning. …

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