Seve Ballesteros and Colin Montgomerie will supervise a little bit of history on the European Tour International Schedule this week when the inaugural Eurobet Seve Ballesteros Trophy is played on the Old Course at Sunningdale starting on Friday (April 14).
Ballesteros will captain the Continental Europe Team against Great Britain and Ireland in the prestigious new biennial three-day event named in honour of the Spanish golfer and held on April 14-16 with a €2.4 million (approx £1.5 million) prize fund.
The Eurobet Seve Ballesteros Trophy features two teams each of ten players with Colin Montgomerie captain of Great Britain and Ireland.
A total of 26 points will be at stake through a series of foursomes, fourballs, greensomes, and singles, with each member of the winning team receiving €150,000 (£92,000) and the runners-up €90,000 (£55,000) each.
The Eurobet Seve Ballesteros Trophy is being launched in the new millennium but it also marks the 100th anniversary of the Old Course being laid out at Sunningdale by twice Open Champion Willie Park.
The Continental Europe and the Great Britain and Ireland teams are now confirmed. Seve Ballesteros, has selected José Maria Olazábal and Robert Karlsson qualifies as the next available player from the 1999 Volvo Order of Merit.
Colin Montgomerie has selected Ian Woosnam and Phillip Price qualifies as the leading player, not otherwise qualified, from the 2000 Volvo Order of Merit to a floor of tenth place following the Masters Tournament.
Montgomerie said: "My policy was to wait until the end of the Masters Tournament, and select the next player available going down the Official World Golf Ranking. I always considered that to be the fairest and best way to make my selection. I'm delighted to have a player of Ian's experience on an otherwise young team, and he is clearly in good form. I considered Paul McGinley, Alastair Forsyth and Anthony Wall, all of whom have started this year superbly."
The first Eurobet Seve Ballesteros Trophy will be broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports, who have committed to broadcast nearly 30 hours of live ball-by-ball coverage from all three days of tournament.
GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND
Colin MONTGOMERIE (Scotland) - Captain
John BICKERTON (England)
Darren CLARKE (N Ireland)
Padraig HARRINGTON (Ireland)
David HOWELL (England)
Paul LAWRIE (Scotland)
Gary ORR (Scotland)
Phillip PRICE (Wales)
Lee WESTWOOD (England)
Ian WOOSNAM (Wales)
Seve BALLESTEROS (Spain) - Captain
Thomas BJÖRN (Denmark)
Alex CEJKA (Germany)
Sergio GARCIA (Spain)
Miguel Angel JIMÉNEZ (Spain)
Robert KARLSSON (Sweden)
Bernard LANGER (Germany)
José Maria OLAZÁBAL (Spain)
Jarmo SANDELIN (Sweden)
Jean VAN de VELDE (France)