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Ian Woosnam not worried about stars lack of form

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam said on Wednesday he was not worried by Colin Montgomerie's current poor patch of form ahead of the match against the United States at the K club in September.

The Scot has missed seven of his last 10 cuts either side of the Atlantic and last week the eight-times European number one tied for 53rd place in the PGA Championship.

Woosnam had a chance to gauge the man who is almost certain to be his on-course first lieutenant when he played with him at Wentworth last week.

"Everybody's panicking about people not playing well. There are three or four months to go [before the match]," he told reporters.

"We don't want people out of form in three months time. Colin hit a lot of good putts last week that didn't go in. He just needs a few to go in.

"I didn't need to chat with Monty. He knows the situation. He doesn't want to worry too much and I didn't want to get on his case. He's fine."

Woosnam, who has hopes of winning his home title at 48 years and 94 days to be the oldest winner on the European Tour, has asked to be paired with specified players from now until the final qualifying event, the BMW International.

He has chosen potential Ryder Cup debutant 24-year-old Briton Nick Dougherty, ninth on the European table, and the Wales Open holder Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, who lies 10th in the Cup standings after finishing third last week at Wentworth.

May 31, 2006


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