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Ryder Cup a Special Experience for First Time Players - 2002-09-28

Much of the focus at the Ryder Cup golf tournament is on the veteran European and American players as they try to lead their teams to victory. The experience is also very special for the rookies.

Niklas Fasth of Sweden is playing in his first Ryder Cup.

"I have always been looking forward to take part once at least. I am here now for the first time and I enjoyed it so much," he says. "It is really tough on you. That is what is so fun. We live for this. We do not actually live for just going out and playing a decent round of golf and collect the money. It is the competition. It is the fierce competition at the highest level that is fantastic."

Fasth has played professional golf for 10 years. The 30-year-old Swede did not find much success until 2001, when he posted six top-10 finishes that included being runner-up to American David Duval at the 2001 British Open. That performance earned Fasth a berth on the European Ryder Cup team.

While playing well in a major tournament is uniquely special, Fasth says the Ryder Cup is the ultimate in golf.

"Everybody playing here are top class golfers, among the best in the world," he says. " And if you get the top players, they would actually thrive on the moments where it is the most intense, I think. And I think that is the reason the best golf you will ever see anywhere is always at the Ryder Cup."

Superb golf has already been displayed at the 34th Ryder Cup, which continues through Sunday.