European Ryder Cup Team Is Set
By mustang6560 on 8/31/10
With only 30 days left before the Ryder Cup, European captain Colin "Monty" Montgomerie used his three captain's picks to finalize the 12-man roster for Team Europe.
Colin Montgomerie, faced with arguably the most difficult decision any Captain has had regarding wild cards, has named Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari as the three men to complete his line-up.

They join automatic qualifiers Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher, Francesco Molinari, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Peter Hanson in Europe’s Ryder Cup Team.
This roster is interesting as it features a pair of brothers - Edoardo and Francesco Molinari - for the first time since 1963. Monty's decision to select Edoardo may come as a surprise to some, but the Italian has played well this year and most recently won the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland over the weekend. He hit back to back to back birdies to finish with at -10. Edoardo's steam roll to the end showed the kind of confidence Monty is looking for in his players.
Montgomerie said Molinari, who birdied the last three holes to win on Sunday, is "the type of player we need to regain this Ryder Cup."

"In my 24 years on the European Tour I have not seen a finish of that quality by anyone in such a pressure situation," Montgomerie said.
The two notables players snubbed for this year's Team Europe roster are Paul Casey and Justin Rose. Monty had three spots for five worthy candidates and it was Casey, the world No. 9, and Rose, who won twice on the PGA Tour, who ended up not making the cut.

I can't image being captain is much fun, especially when you have to make tough decisions that will be scrutinized. If Edoardo does not bring his A-game, Colin may not hear the end of it.

Quick note for Team USA, Captain Corey Pavin will announce his four wildcards next week. Stay tuned...


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Kurt the Knife says:
First!
That is a perfect lineup.
This is gonna be a good show. Can't wait
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dottomm says:
I'm excited to see the Molinari brothers compete in match play. They're tough.
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Banker85 says:
ya this should make for some good TV! cant wait!
8/31/10
 
erickbelus says:
I don't see the Harrington pick. Taking a pass on Rose and Casey for a guy who hasn't exactly been in top form this year is a mistake in my opinion. He took second at the Irish Open I suppose, but in 2008 Rose took down Phil pretty handily and was 3-1 overall. I guess that's what he gets for playing on American soil a lot.....
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Dazinkster says:
I agree, Harrington shouldn't have been in. Both Casey and Rose would have been better.

I love the Molinari selection, those 2 together will be very tough to beat. They won the world champs last year as well (I think)
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Banker85 says:
@dazinkster: ya they won the world cup together.

About Harrington, i think he provides some leadership and experience plus he probably the best putter on the Euro team. Plus he gets those crazy eyes!
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mustang6560 says:
Regardless the lineups, I think this is going to be a good match up and can't wait for Oct!
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carv712 says:
Harrington isn't playing his best golf unlike say Berhard Langer who seems unstoppable on the Champions Tour and provides significantly more leadership. Yes i know the Champions tour is not as difficult as the Eauropean Tour or PGA, but Langer has proven he has the mental game and physical abilities to compete.
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carv712 says:
*Bernhard
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