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Kaymer and McIlroy Pull Out of Seve Trophy

Poulter to lead GB & Ireland challenge

Posted Sep 07, 2011 by Chris White

Martin Kaymer has withdrawn to rest ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links

The competition named after the late Seve Ballesteros has been hit by a series of big name withdrawals, but one of the top European players has confirmed that he will be appearing at the biennial event at the St Nom la Breteche course near Paris.

Ian Poulter, one of the key members of the European Ryder Cup team will be lining up as part of the Great Britain and Ireland team to play Continental Europe, who will be missing the current world number five Martin Kaymer. The German was set to lead the team captained by Jean van de Velde, but announced that he would not be participating to rest before the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Poulter failed to qualify for the third leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs after missing the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship, won by Webb Simpson, and made the announcement that he would be taking part on his Twitter account, saying “I will play in the Seve Trophy next week in Paris. Looking forward to some team atmosphere again. Can’t beat that vibe.”

Rory McIlroy won’t be lining up alongside Poulter in the GB and Ireland team, however, saying that he needed two weeks off to rest. The team is boosted by the news that world number two Lee Westwood and Open champion Darren Clarke will be playing for Paul McGinley’s side.

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