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Ryder Cup stars line up for European Masters

Luke Donald and two of his Ryder Cup team mates, Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez, feature in the European Masters starting on Thursday.

Donald and Garcia were already working out on Wednesday who they might be paired with in this month's match against the United States at Oakland Hills.

Donald, named as one of captain Bernhard Langer's wild cards, picked out fellow rookie Paul Casey and Garcia, with whom he is staying this week.

"Obviously, Paul Casey springs to mind," said Donald. "We played together in the Walker Cup in 1999 and we worked well together, won both our matches reasonably easily.

"I have become quite good friends with Sergio Garcia and that could be another partnership.

"But there are a lot of guys who I think I could play with," Donald added. "I think I have a pretty steady game, and I could play with anyone."

The 26-year-old Briton is his well-known for his driving accuracy.

"Luke's a very straight hitter," Garcia said. "He's one of those guys who makes you worried on the course because he's straight up and down. He's also a pretty good putter."

Garcia had his own ideas over his pairing, opting for Lee Westwood, with whom he claimed three points out of four two years ago at The Belfry.

"I'm thinking I'm going to be playing with Lee," Garcia said. "But because he is playing well and me not too bad, maybe he (Langer) wants to split us up."

This week's tournament will be the last Garcia and Donald play before the Ryder Cup.

Jimenez, who picked up his fourth title of the year last week in Munich, now lies fourth on the European money-list.

In Switzerland, he comes up against the man who tops Europe's order of merit, world number three Ernie Els, the defending European Masters champion.

Victory for Els and the $320,000 first prize could distance him from Jimenez and second-placed Retief Goosen, who does not play in Crans-sur-Sierre.

Dane Thomas Bjorn, one of Langer's Ryder Cup assistants, Korean K.J. Choi, 50-year-old twice former European Masters champion Eduardo Romero of Argentina and New Zealand's Michael Campbell are also in a strong field.

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