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Haeggman a Ryder Cup poser for Langer

Sweden's Joakim Haeggman has given Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer a headache by producing some of his best form in years. Langer has chosen the engaging Haeggman as one of his assistants for the cup defence against the United States at Oakland Hills, Michigan from September 30-October 3.

But such has been his form this season that he now has the very real prospect of qualifying by rights as a player.

Haeggman won the Qatar Masters in March and has five other top 15 finishes to his name which hoisted him up to eighth position in the European Tour Order of Merit and just outside the 10 automatic selection slots for the Ryder Cup.

A day's best 66 in the third round of the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open here on Saturday has left him firmly in contention for that trophy just three shots off the pace set by France's Gregory Havret.

Asked about the prospects of making the Ryder Cup team, Haeggman said that with the cut-off for qualifying coming on August 23, it was too early to think too much about the Ryder Cup.

"But I certainly realize that every week and every penny I can make, it can help towards that Oakland Hills spot, obviously.

"Obviously it's nice to be in this position and playing well. If I make it, fine. If not, then havin played with a lot of the boys this season that are going to be playing in the Ryder Cup may help Bernhard for the week."

It's all a long way from late 2002 when Haeggman's career went into a tailspin when he broke an ankle playing ice hockey.

That ruined most of the 2003 season for him and it was only through a medical extension that he kept his card for this year culminating in the emotional win in Qatar.

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