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September 26, 2002

When: Friday-Sunday. Friday, four morning better-ball matches and four afternoon alternate-shot matches; Saturday, four morning alternate-shot matches and four afternoon better-ball matches; Sunday, 12 singles matches.

Where: The Belfry, Brabazon Course (7,118 yards, par 72); Sutton Coldfield, England.

TV: USA (today, opening ceremony, 7-9 a.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Channel 4 (Saturday, 5 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 4-9:30 a.m.).

*--* PGA AMERICA/EUROPEAN Ryder Cup

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U.S. team (in qualifying order; c-captain's pick): Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Mark Calcavecchia, David Toms, Davis Love III, Scott Hoch, Jim Furyk, Hal Sutton, Stewart Cink, c-Scott Verplank, c-Paul Azinger. Captain: Curtis Strange.

European team: Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland; Thomas Bjorn, Denmark; Padraig Harrington, Ireland; Colin Montgomerie, Scotland; Pierre Fulke, Sweden; Lee Westwood, England; Niclas Fasth, Sweden; Paul McGinley, Ireland; Bernhard Langer, Germany; Phillip Price, Wales; c-Sergio Garcia, Spain; c-Jesper Parnevik, Sweden. Captain: Sam Torrance, Scotland.

Series: United States leads, 24-7-2.

Last match: In the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history, the United States won eight of 12 singles points to win, 14 1/2-13 1/2, in 1999 at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Justin Leonard won the decisive half-point, holing a 45-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to secure a halve against Jose Maria Olazabal.

Next event: The 2004 matches will be played at Oakland Hills in Michigan.

*--* PGA TOUR Texas Open

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When: Today-Sunday.

Where: LaCantera Golf Club (7,001 yards, par 71), San Antonio.

Purse: $3.5 million. Winner's share: $630,000.

TV: ESPN (today-Sunday, 1-3 p.m.).

2001 winner: Justin Leonard.

Next week: Michelob Championship at Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Va.

*--* BUY.COM TOUR State Farm Open

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When: Today-Sunday.

Where: Empire Lakes Golf Course (6,923 yards, par 72), Rancho Cucamonga.

Purse: $450,000. Winner's share: $81,000.

2001 winner: D.A. Points.

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