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Paul Lawrie keen to play at Gleneagles in 2014 rather than succeed Jose Maria Olazabal as Ryder Cup captain

Last Updated: 03/10/12 5:03pm

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Paul Lawrie is determined to be at Gleneagles as a player rather than a captain when Europe defend the Ryder Cup in 2014.

The 43-year-old played a key role in Europe's sensational final-day comeback at Medinah, crushing FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker 5&3 in a one-sided singles clash.

The former Open champion has been mentioned as a possible successor to Jose Maria Olazabal, but he is focused on trying to maintain his excellent form of the last two seasons.

"First and foremost I want to play on the team," said Lawrie, whose appearance in Chicago was his first since he infamous contest at Brookline 13 years ago.

"I think the captain will be picked around February so by then I believe I will still be roughly where I am in the world rankings so I can't see them picking me as captain, and to be honest I'd rather play and give myself a chance of getting on the team.

"In the future I'd definitely like to do it, but I think just now I'm getting better as I get older as a player so 2014 is just too soon for me.

"You don't know what's going to happen down the line but right now I feel very competitive at 43 and I can't imagine I'm going to be any less so in two years' time.

"I think I'm getting better as I get older rather than the other way, so I'd like to think I'll be on that team at Gleneagles in 2014."

And the Scotsman also revealed that he and other members of the European team were subjected to a torrent of negative comments by American spectators during last week's Ryder Cup.

Speaking ahead of this week's Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, he said the partisan home fans were certainly vocal and over enthusiastic in their support for the United States team: "You get 'top it, shank it, you're a loser', stuff like that, every shot you play.

"Every single shot you hit last week, that's what you get just before you go and hit it.

"That was the same the last time I played (in Boston in 1999) and I think a few of the players had a bit more than that.

"It's pretty tough when someone is screaming and blowing in your ear that you're 'a loser', but there's not much you can do.

"It makes it all the more satisfying on Sunday night when you're standing there with the Ryder Cup in front of you and they are not. I think it helps us, to be fair."

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