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Bjorn angry about being left off Europe's Ryder squad

LONDON -- European Ryder Cup hopeful Thomas
Bjorn launched an angry attack on captain Ian Woosnam on Monday
after being overlooked for a wild card for the Sept. 22-24 match
against the United States in Ireland.

Denmark's Bjorn, an experienced Ryder Cup player, was
thought to have a firm case to be one of Woosnam's two
selections to join the 10 players who automatically qualified.

Instead the Welshman awarded the places to Darren Clarke and
Lee Westwood, both of whom also have strong records in the
match.

"I feel gutted," the 35-year-old Bjorn told reporters. "I
think he has been very poor. A friend of mine he isn't -- and I
don't have a problem saying that.

"He's not taken charge of the captaincy in the way I see a
captain should take charge and it's disappointing.

"He's put a lot of guys through misery by not talking to
them."

Bjorn added: "If the choice had been made only on
competitive results, I could go along with it.

"But I'm in front of [Westwood] in all the rankings, I have played
better than him in the qualifying phase and then Woosnam bases
his decisions on results which are more than five years old."

"A friend of mine he isn't -- and I
don't have a problem saying that."
--Thomas Bjorn on Ian Woosnam

Bjorn was a member of the victorious 1997 Ryder Cup team
with Woosnam, Clarke and Westwood. He also played in the winning
2002 lineup.

"He never called me [before or after announcing Westwood as
his pick]. He came into the bar at the hotel and gave me 20
seconds about Lee having won twice at the K Club. In a bar --
that kind of sums it up," Bjorn continued.

"He can't walk up to me, tell me in 20 seconds and expect me
to be happy. I'm very disappointed. I think he's been very poor
in the way he's handled the players.

"I want the team to play their best and win. They have a
great chance and they need to stick together. But I don't care
about Woosie."

Woosnam had earlier said he knew Bjorn was unhappy to be
left out.

"Thomas was in the back of my mind. It was difficult when I
got back to the hotel last night, he wasn't a happy chappy,"
Woosnam, who made the announcement at the end of the BMW
International Open in Munich on Sunday, told BBC Radio Five.