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Colin Montgomerie outlines Ryder Cup plans

Colin Montgomerie will put pressure on players to compete in three particular events next year, the 2010 European Ryder Cup captain said on Wednesday.

The PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Wales Open at the Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor, and the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles are the tournaments he has in mind.

“I have this facility where I can email the whole tour,” Montgomerie told reporters on the eve of this year’s Johnnie Walker.

“I feel every European who is qualified for the BMW (PGA) Championship should be there. I will be asking them that in my role (as captain).

“Then I think it would do them no harm at all … if they win in Wales, for obvious reasons,” added Montgomerie.

The 2010 Johnnie Walker is also the final points-counting event before the 12-man Ryder Cup team is decided.

“This (tournament) is automatic, the last event under the spotlight,” added Montgomerie. “Places eight, nine, 10, 11, they could come down to the last few putts here next year.

“It shows current form and that’s what we are after, leading into the Ryder Cup.

“I’ll be watching very closely how people react to certain pressures coming down the last few holes at the Wales Open especially,” added the Scot.

Montgomerie also said he had chosen his own ‘dream team’ for next year’s match against the U.S. holders.

“I’ve pencilled in 12 names and put it in a drawer at home. It will be interesting to see how close the team comes to my 12,” he said. “There are a few rookies in the team.”

The qualification process starts next week at the European Masters in Switzerland and the Deutsche Bank tournament in Boston.

Four players will be chosen from a world points list and five from a European points list, with three wildcards added.

Only one member of the 2008 team, Briton Oliver Wilson, is playing at Gleneagles this week.

 

August 27, 2009




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