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The Scotsman - - Reviews -

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

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