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Two weeks remain to sign up for 2010 Ticket Ballot

The Ryder Cup ticket is now recognised as one of the hottest in sports – on a par with the Olympics, the football World Cup and Wimbledon – and golf fans have only two weeks remaining until July 31 to 'sign-up' for the initial ballot for 2010.

Full details on how to apply are available on www.rydercup.com/tickets and the computerised random lottery draw will take place in August.

Thirty years ago Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido made golfing history by becoming the first players from Continental Europe to play in The Ryder Cup.

Since then the popularity of the biennial match between Europe and the United States has boomed and history will be made again next year when The Ryder Cup unfolds for the first time in Wales at The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, from October 1-3.

The Ryder Cup's famous golden chalice, first played for in 1927, will arrive in Wales in American hands when Captain Corey Pavin steps off the Team's private jet at Cardiff Airport 14 months from now.

Colin Montgomerie, Europe's Captain, can, however, take great heart from recent history with Europe seeking an 11th win overall and a sixth win in eight contests.

The timetable of change from West Virginia in 1979 to Wales in 2010 vividly portrays the unique flavour and high drama of the match which will be watched on The Twenty Ten Course by 45,000 spectators each day, not to mention almost a billion TV viewers around the world:

White Sulphur Springs (1979): The Revolution Begins: New Open Champion Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido win the first ever Ryder Cup point by Continental European players against Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller and despite Bernard Gallacher winning four points out of five, the United States triumph 17-11.

Palm Beach Gardens (1983): Something in the Air: Europe are edged out 14 ½ - 13 ½ but Seve Ballesteros tells his team mates: "Don’t feel down – we know we can win now."

Sutton Coldfield (1985): All Change: Spain's Manuel Pinero is Europe's top points scorer with four out of five and Captain Tony Jacklin cradles the Cup as the United States sink to their first defeat in 28 years by 16 ½ - 11 ½.

Columbus (1987): Olé, Olé, Olé: Seve Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal launch the most successful partnership in the contest's history on the course at Muirfield Village that Jack (Nicklaus) built and the United States lose on home soil for the first time as Europe triumph 15-13.

Sutton Coldfield (1989): Deadlock: José Maria Olazábal becomes the first European golfer to win 4 ½ points out of five but the match is tied 14-14.

Rochester (1995): Pair of Aces: Howard Clark and Costantino Rocca make history with a hole-in-one each and Captain Bernard Gallacher celebrates a 14 ½ - 13 ½ win as Europe storm back after going into the singles 9-7 down.

Sotogrande (1997): Continental First: Europe win 14 ½ - 13 ½ again but the match is famous for being the first played on the Continent, Seve Ballesteros captaining the Team in Spain. Sir Nick Faldo creates history not only with his 11th appearance but also by becoming the most prolific points scorer by clinching his 24th point – eclipsing Billy Casper’s 23 ½.

Sutton Coldfield (2002): Tartan Turnaround: Captain Sam Torrance celebrates again at The Belfry, where he holed the winning putt in 1985, by going strongly from the front in the singles with the scores tied at 8-8 – fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie leads the way with a 5 & 4 win as Europe win 15 ½ - 12 ½.

Bloomfield Township (2004): Record Breakers: Bernhard Langer becomes Continental Europe’s second winning Captain as his Team create a huge slice of history with their biggest win – 18 ½ - 9 ½.

Straffan (2006): Anything You Can Do: Ian Woosnam captains Europe to another 18 ½ - 9 ½ win and Sergio Garcia joins Woosnam (1993) as the only European player to collect a maximum of four points from the two foursomes and two fourball matches under the current format.

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