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Coltart still the unknown man

Were his portrait not sandwiched between those of Tiger Woods and Freddie Couples in the media centre, Andrew Coltart would have gone largely unseen by American eyes at the NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

While attention focused on the remarkable feats of Woods and the renaissance of the ever-popular Couples, Coltart consolidated quietly in the shadows.

Only Woods and Jesper Parnevik covered the back nine on Saturday in fewer strokes than Coltart, whose wild card selection for next month's Ryder Cup is beginning to look increasingly inspired. His ability to shoot straight from the tee earned him his spot in the team, an attribute underpinned by equally linear thinking.

Coltart is remarkably free of clutter and doubt when he stands over the ball and not the least intimidated in this the most elite of golfing environs. For that, Europe may be grateful at Brookline.

"I've had a tremendous reaction to getting in the team," said Coltart, who was paired on Sunday with the man largely responsible for his selection, Colin Montgomerie.

"I've been playing solid for a few months now, consistent week in, week out.

"It has been a great experience here for me this week, good to get another tournament under my belt in America. I'm learning all the time."