me. But that week we were the best of buddies. There wasn’t a problem and it has always been that way with europe.
“it’s no secret that Monty and Darren Clarke aren’t the best of buddies but he’s named him as one of his vice-captains. For the two of them to have put that aside for the good of the team is absolutely brilliant. You’d do whatever for the good of the team and it’s got to be the same with the picks – he’s got to go for the best players.”
Lawrie, who will be part of the Sky commentary team in Wales in October, believes it will come down to a short list of five tomorrow night and, despite a change of mind himself over the last few days, is confident the trio to be added to nine automatic selections will come from the so-called “Fedex Four”.
“i think he [Montgomerie] was quoted as saying there were 12 players he was considering for the three spots – i can’t believe there are 12,” observed the Aberdonian. “The ones you’d think he was going to pick from are Harrington, Donald, rose, Casey and edoardo [Molinari]. i’d say his picks are going to come from three out of those five.
“i said earlier in the week that i would pick Harrington, rose and Casey, but i’d probably change my mind now. i’d pick the three highest players in the world rankings [not already in the team], which would be Casey, Donald and Harrington.”
Meanwhile, Paul Mcginley has reported that Lee Westwood, the top-ranked player in the european team, is hoping he’ll be fit enough to play in all five matches at Celtic Manor despite being sidelined at the moment with a calf injury.
“i was with Lee in Portugal last week and he’s working hard on his fitness,” said the irishman, one of Montgomerie’s vice captains. “He’s quite confident he’s going to make it. He’s hoping to play as soon as possible, whether that’s the Vivendi Trophy or the week before, in Austria. He’s going to give himself every opportunity.”
but fog had earlier caused a delay at the Perthshire venue