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Lawrie disappointed with Seve Trophy snubs

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Paul Lawrie will be playing at the Seve Trophy - but Rory McIlroy will not © Getty Images
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Paul Lawrie has slammed six of his Ryder Cup-winning team-mates for deciding to miss next week's Seve Trophy.

Great Britain and Ireland's top six qualifiers - Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter - all opted out from playing at the biennial event against Europe, which was created in 2000 by the late Seve Ballesteros.

Sam Torrance captains the Great Britain and Ireland side as they attempt to claim a seventh successive title against Europe at the St-Nom-La Breteche Golf Club in Paris. Lawrie is the only player from the 2012 'Miracle at Medinah' Ryder Cup team to feature in Torrance's side.

While admitting he understood the decision for the players to miss the upcoming Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Lawrie was at a loss as to why the group decided to skip the Seve Trophy.

"If they all played, I wouldn't have got a game, which I think would have been okay with me, because you want the strongest team, you want two teams going at each other at full strength," Lawrie said.

"As it is these guys are not playing and I'm getting a game, which I'm delighted about. I'd walk to Paris to play on that team next week, I would have done whatever it would have taken.

"I think it's important. You're representing Great Britain and Ireland, you're representing Seve and what he stood for, for Europe. He started it all off for us. I personally would never turn down playing in that.

"[Missing] this [Alfred Dunhill] tournament is a little bit understandable, because obviously the FedEx just finished the other day. The Seve Trophy I don't quite understand to be fair. I think it's extremely disappointing that a lot of the guys are not playing.

"I'm not slagging them off, I just think that with Seve's name attached to it and the idea behind it, it's kind of the equivalent to the President's Cup for the American boys.

"For so many of our boys not to want to play in an event that not only carries Seve's name, but you get handsomely paid to play in it as well, I don't understand it.

"It's disappointing for everyone involved in it, for the European Tour who had done a great job putting it on and for Seve and his family. I mean, my God, most of us are out here playing because of what he did years ago."

Jose Maria Olazabal captains the European side but will be without fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

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