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Luke Donald last to know about Ryder Cup pick

Luke Donald was among the last to know he'd made Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Donald was aboard a plane when European captain Bernhard Langer announced the 26-year-old Englishman was his second wild-card pick -- joining Colin Montgomerie -- for the Sept. 17-19 Ryder Cup.

``I heard the news after everybody else. I had a text message that I had made it,'' he said Wednesday on the eve of the European Masters.

``It's something I've wanted for a long time, but it's taking time to sink in,'' Donald said.

Ironically, the message was from Guy Kinnings, Montgomerie's manager who also looks after Donald when he is playing in Europe. Donald said Langer congratulated him later.

``He said: 'Congratulations. You're my man'.''

Donald and Spaniard Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez are the only Ryder Cup players in Switzerland this week.

Donald has never played Oakland Hills, the Ryder Cup course just outside Detroit, but is keyed up for the challenge.

``I'm told it's not that long but it's quite tight off the tee with long rough so driving accuracy is a premium,'' he said.

Donald said his accuracy may have been Langer's reason for picking him instead of Fredrik Jacobson.

``Freddy has a great short game but can be wild off the tee and with his irons. I'm steadier,'' said Donald, whose first European Tour victory in the Scandinavian Masters a month ago might have been crucial in his bid to win a place.

The 1999 NCAA champion while a student at Northwestern University, Donald said he averaged just 240 yards then.

``Now I'm about 280 to 285. That's about average in driving distance. I would not say I'm a short hitter,'' he said.

He is tied 30th on the U.S. Tour in driving accuracy.

Donald speculated that he might link up again with Paul Casey, with whom he played two matches and won both easily when European won the 1999 Walker Cup. Or he could team with Sergio Garcia.

``We have become quite good friends and I have played a lot of practice rounds with him. But there are a lot of guys I could play with,'' he added.

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