Monday, 17 November 2003
Seven Ryder Cup Captains, past and present, will assemble with a host of Major Champions and tournament winners for the third UBS Cup at the superb Seaside Course at Sea Island, Georgia, from November 21-23 as the Rest of the World attempt to win the trophy for the first time.

Arnold Palmer, who captained the USA to a 12 ½ - 11 ½ victory at Kiawah Island in 2001 and spearheaded a successful defence of the trophy by 14 ½ - 9 ½ at Sea Island last year, will again lead the home side into action. Teams comprise six players aged 40-49 and six players 50 and over in the $3 million Ryder Cup-style match play event.

This year also sees the return of England's Tony Jacklin into the arena of team captaincy, 14 years after the last of his four matches as Europe's Ryder Cup Captain with the outstanding record of two wins, one halved match and one defeat.

Jacklin, who takes over from Gary Player as skipper of the Rest of the World side, and Palmer are two of the past Ryder Cup Captains in the teams of 12 for this year's renewal of the contest.

On the American side, Palmer, Raymond Floyd, Curtis Strange and Tom Watson have all led the Stars and Stripes in Ryder Cup Matches, while the two current Captains - Bernhard Langer and Hal Sutton - are involved at Sea Island.

A veteran of seven Ryder Cups as a player and winner of 29 titles around the world - including the 1969 Open Championship and 1970 US Open Championship - Jacklin has also won twice on the US Champions Tour since turning 50.

Jacklin is delighted to have been called upon to fulfil the role of Captain once again and to be returning to Sea Island, whom he represented as their Touring Professional in the early 1970s.

"I am really looking forward to taking up the reigns of captaincy once again," said Jacklin. "Watching last year's Ryder Cup Matches certainly brought back some fantastic memories and when I was approached for this job, I have to admit that I leapt at the chance. The first two UBS Cups have been fantastic successes, apart from the results. With two US wins so far, I am certainly hoping that I can reverse the trend!"

England's Carl Mason, the runaway winner of the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit, makes his debut in the UBS Cup along with Scot Bill Longmuir, who finished runner-up to Mason in the Order of Merit. Meanwhile there is also a debut for Colin Montgomerie, who qualifies as one of the players eligible between the ages of 40 and 49 having celebrated his 40th birthday in June.

Mason, winner of four titles in only 11 starts in his rookie season on the European Seniors Tour, said: "Winning as much as I have done is a real bonus and so is getting into the UBS Cup team. Unfortunately, when I played the regular Tour I never quite made it onto The Ryder Cup but here I am, aged 50, finally getting the chance to compete against the Americans in a team competition."

Montgomerie, who turned 40 on June 23, has represented Europe in six successive Ryder Cup Matches since making his debut in 1991. In 1999 he received unstinting praise for his leadership qualities both on and off the course as he accrued three and a half points, and at The De Vere Belfry last year he was once again the outstanding competitor.

Leading from the front, Montgomerie set the tone for the final day when he beat Scott Hoch in the top singles match 5 and 4, maintaining his unbeaten record in six singles and emerging as the top points scorer on either side with four and a half points out of five as Europe triumphed over the United States 15 ½ - 12 ½.

The UBS Cup is sponsored by UBS, one of the largest financial services firms in the world and sanctioned by both the European Seniors Tour and US Champions Tour.

Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Seniors Tour said: "Everyone in European golf still recalls vividly those Ryder Cups with Tony at the helm. He was an inspirational and innovative Captain and I am sure he will be equally motivational when he takes charge of the Rest of the World Team in the UBS Cup.

"With Carl Mason and Bill Longmuir, the leading two players from our Order of Merit at the end of the year qualifying for the team and Colin Montgomerie 'coming of age', there is certain to be some wonderful competition and a great sense of team spirit when Tony takes the reins from Gary at Sea Island."

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