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Montgomerie teams up with former caddie

Colin Montgomerie will team up again with his former caddie Alastair McLean for the BMW International Open in Munich which starts on Thursday.

This week's tournament represents Montgomerie's last chance to persuade Bernhard Langer he is worthy of being chosen as one of the European Ryder Cup captain's two wildcard picks for next month's match against the United States in Detroit, Michigan.

The seven-times former European number one ended a 10-year partnership with McLean in May 2002 but rang his former caddie last Sunday to ask if he would be interested in teaming up again.

"I was thrilled when Alastair said 'yes'," Montgomerie told British newspapers on Wednesday. "I feel like a rookie teeing up this week.

"I am playing well and it will be interesting to see if Alastair and I can combine as we did."

Langer's two wildcard picks are likely to come from Britons Montgomerie and Luke Donald, Germany's Alex Cejka and Irishman Paul McGinley, should he be dislodged by Frenchman Jean-Francois Remesy in the European points table.

Captain Langer already knows six of his 10 automatic selections for the match at Oakland Hills to be played between September 17-19.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, Britons Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood, and Thomas Levet of France have booked their places in the 12-man team through the Ryder Cup world points standings or the European points table.

Britons Paul Casey (sixth in the European points table), David Howell (seventh) and Ian Poulter (eighth) look likely to make their Ryder Cup debuts as well.

But McGinley (ninth) could be overhauled after the final counting event in Munich by any of Remesy, Swedes Joakim Haeggman and Fredrik Jacobson, Britons Brian Davis and Graeme McDowell, and Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin.

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