Bradley Dredge is Montgomerie's final Goodwill pick
Montgomerie, team captain for the Ryder Cup countries at the inaugural
Goodwill Trophy, has announced that his eighth pick for the innovative
team matchplay event will be Bradley Dredge of Wales. The reigning
WGC World Cup and Omega European Masters Champion joins a side that
will see Europeans and Americans unite on the same team for the
first time ever in team matchplay golf.
The Goodwill Trophy, an innovative team matchplay tournament, will
be played on the Jack Nicklaus-designed World Cup course at Mission
Hills Golf Club, China on 13th and 14th November 2006. The tournament,
which is a joint venture between Mission Hills and The Celtic Manor
Resort in South Wales, will be played the following year on the
new Ryder Cup course at The Celtic Manor Resort.
33 year-old Dredge, currently ranked 51st on the Official World
Golf Rankings, joins England's Luke Donald, Paul Casey and Nick
Dougherty, Chris DiMarco of the United States, Sweden's Henrik Stenson
and Alejandro Canizares of Spain to complete Montgomerie's side
to take on an international side led by South Africa's Retief Goosen.
Ryder Cup countries skipper Colin Montgomerie said: "Bradley
is having a superb year so I am delighted that he's accepted my
invitation to join the Ryder Cup countries team at the Goodwill
Trophy. As a reigning WGC-World Cup champion, he has experience
of succeeding in international team golf and his win at the Omega
European Master demonstrates that he is currently in a very rich
vein of form".
Bradley Dredge said: "Being selected for the Ryder Cup countries
at the first ever Goodwill Trophy is a highlight of what has been
a very successful year for me so far. Playing alongside great players
such as Colin Montgomerie and Chris DiMarco in a tournament of this
stature will be a terrific experience and a very welcome one as
Stephen Dodd and I prepare to defend the WGC-World Cup in Barbados
Dredge's eight-shot victory margin at the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre
represented the largest of the season on The European Tour and was
his second victory on the Tour's international schedule following
his triumph at the 2003 Madeira Island Open, which was also secured
by eight strokes. His partnership with Stephen Dodd at the WGC-World
Cup in Portugal in November 2005 saw them share the $1.4 million
first prize after rain and high winds caused the cancellation of
the final day's play.
Players named so far as members of Retief Goosen's International
team are China's Lian-Wei Zhang, Michael Campbell of New Zealand,
Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and KJ Choi of Korea. The identities
of the remaining players to contest the Goodwill Trophy will be
revealed in the coming days.
November 3, 2006