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Torrence confirms Garcia as Ryder Cup pick

Sergio Garcia will play in next month's Ryder Cup ``even if he shoots 95-95 this week,'' European captain San Torrance said today.

Torrance said his other captain's pick will be determined by what happens at the BMW International Open starting Thursday.

Torrance will announce his choices for the 12-man team Sunday after the tournament officially establishes the 10 players who get automatic spots for the Sept. 28-30 contest at The Belfry.

Jesper Parnevik is seen as having the inside track on Torrance's second selection.

Torrance said he was pleased that Garcia, 19th on the list, had come to try to qualify.

``I promised Sergio he was in quite a while ago, yet he has still come to try to make the team automatically because he knows that by making it he would be helping the team,'' Torrance said.

That is because it would free up another pick for Torrance.

``That's quite a gesture from one so young -- the boy who plays like a man,'' Torrance added. ``Even if he shoots 95-95, he's in.

``He's No. 7 in the world. Just let him loose. Just point him and go.''

The 21-year-old Spaniard has based himself this year on the U.S. tour, where has won twice.

``I just want to make the team, to play my way onto the team. There is no pressure on me,'' Garcia said.

Heading into this week's tournament, the top 10 are Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, Pierre Fulke, Lee Westwood, Niclas Fasth, Paul McGinley, Bernhard Langer and Philip Price.

The next five are Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Andrew Oldcorn, Andrew Coltart and Mathias Gronberg.

All of those except Clarke and Westwood -- who has an injured wrist -- are playing here.

U.S. captain Curtis Strange made his two picks Aug. 20, adding Scott Verplankand Paul Azinger to a team that includes Tiger Woods, David Duval and Phil Mickelson.


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