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Montgomerie & Donald are Langer's picks

Britons Colin Montgomerie and Luke Donald, as had been widely expected, were selected by European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer as wildcard picks on Sunday for next month's match against the United States.

Langer's decision, announced after the BMW International Open, rounded out his 12-man team to play at Oakland Hills in Detroit, Michigan from September 17-19.

Seven-times European number one Montgomerie, 41, will play in the Ryder Cup for the seventh time while Donald, 26, joins Britons Paul Casey, David Howell and Ian Poulter and Frenchman Thomas Levet as rookies on the team.

Casey, Howell, Poulter and Ireland's Paul McGinley sealed their Cup spots via the European points list with top-25 finishes at the BMW International Open.

Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, Europe's fourth highest ranked player in the world at 26th, narrowly missed out on automatic selection after tying for sixth in Munich with a closing 69. He was also desperately close to a wildcard pick.

Ten players qualified automatically for Langer's team, via the European world points table or the European points standings.

"When I looked at the golf course at Oakland Hills, I had to come to a decision who would serve the team best, and I came up with Colin Montgomerie and Luke Donald," Langer told a news conference on Sunday.

"Colin has given us a great performance this week. To play that well knowing he still had to show me something, I gave nobody the nod and I did that for a reason. And Colin brings some leadership.

"It was a little bit harder (choosing Donald) because of the other guys and how well they all played. They all had a right to be there, too. Again, Luke has had a tremendous last year, year and a half.

"The one most disappointed is going to be Fredrik Jacobson. He has had an outstanding year. You cannot get any closer than him."

Montgomerie, a talismanic figure for Europe in the 2002 Ryder Cup at The Belfry, had never before needed a captain's pick to make the team. He has won 16 times in 28 Ryder Cup starts, and is unbeaten in his six singles matches.

For much of this year, though, he has struggled for form while in the throes of a divorce. He was forced to miss the U.S. Open for the first time since 1991 after dropping out of the world's top 50.

But he has since rallied, tying for fourth at the Scandinavian Masters earlier this month and sharing third in Munich after a final-round 68.

"I am absolutely delighted," said Montgomerie. "I was never 100 percent sure that I would be selected but I made sure that I was thinking positively when I went to see Bernhard.

"Bernhard knew what I could do because he's played with me," he added, referring to the three matches he and Langer played together at the 2002 Ryder Cup.

"He felt I could help his team. It has been a tough time for me recently and so this news is great news for me personally."

Jacobson, despite a brave bid on the last day in Munich, failed in his attempt to qualify for Langer's team by right.

After reaching the turn in four under par, he lost momentum on his way to a 69.

"Obviously I am disappointed," he said. "I had a chance to get in by qualifying if I could have just been under par on the back nine today.

"It's a huge disappointment, first of all because of coming up just short on the world rankings and then coming so close on the European list.

"I thought with being so close on both lists, and being the fourth best European player on the world rankings, would have given me a big chance."

Donald, who won his maiden European Tour title at this month's Scandinavian Masters, was not immediately available for comment.

The Briton had already left the course and was on board a private jet with Sergio Garcia en route to this week's European Masters in Switzerland.

European team: Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Sergio Garcia (Spain), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain), Darren Clarke (Britain), Lee Westwood (Britain), Thomas Levet (France), Paul Casey (Britain), David Howell (Britain), Ian Poulter (Britain), Paul McGinley (Ireland), Luke Donald (Britain) and Colin Montgomerie (Britain).

U.S. team (finalised after this month's U.S. PGA Championship): Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, Kenny Perry, David Toms, Chad Campbell, Chris DiMarco, Fred Funk, Chris Riley, Jay Haas and Stewart Cink.

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