Missing cut lets Monty fo­cus on his team picks

The Scotsman - - Sport - MartIN dEMP­StEr

COLIn Mont­gomerie, the euro­pean Ry­der Cup cap­tain, will watch the fi­nal lap of the race to make his team from out­side the ropes af­ter fail­ing to make the cut in the John­nie Walker Cham­pi­onship at gle­nea­gles.

The scot, who will hold a sum­mit with vice cap­tains Thomas Bjorn, Paul Mcgin­ley and Dar­ren Clarke at his home in Dun­ning tonight to dis­cuss their three wild card op­tions, fell four short of the mark af­ter a sec­ond-round 76 dropped him to three-over.

“There’s other more im­por­tant things for me, per­son­ally, here this week than my own per­for­mance,” ad­mit­ted Mont­gomerie, the tour­na­ment chair­man in Perthshire. “I’ll be do­ing my home­work again on satur­day so that I am up to speed and then I will be out here on the course on sun­day.”

Mont­gomerie will also be keep­ing a close eye on events across the at­lantic, where four of his wild-card can­di­dates - Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Luke Don­ald and Justin Rose - have been in ac­tion in the Bar­clays Cham­pi­onship.

Harrington was sit­ting in the top 10 in new Jersey af­ter a sec­ond-round 68 and Mont­gomerie noted: “Padraig, when his back’s to the wall, has done aw­fully well in the past. so all credit to him for show­ing some form when he has to. “I was very in­ter­ested in the way he re­acted to tak­ing six at the last (at the Us Pga two weeks ago) to miss the cut by one. Within five min­utes of sign­ing his card he was on the range. That says a lot about what he wants to do and wants to achieve.” Of the Ry­der Cup con­tenders in ac­tion at gle­nea­gles, Peter Han­son and Miguel an­gel Jimenez are on course to se­cure the last two au­to­matic spots, sit­ting in a share of sev­enth on six­un­der af­ter rounds of 69 and 68.

sit­ting on the same mark af­ter a 70, english­man simon Dyson is still with a chance of the win he needs to deny ei­ther of them, but spa­niard al­varo Quiros (71) has his work cut out on one-un­der. Wild card con­tender edoardo Moli­nari (68) is also in the group on six-un­der.

PAUL Lawrie has pointed to the ex­am­ple be­ing set by Colin Mont­gomerie and Dar­ren Clarke as to why he is con­fi­dent the har­mony in the Euro­pean team room for the forth­com­ing Ry­der Cup won’t be af­fected by any po­ten­tial con­tro­versy over wild cards.

The for­mer Open cham­pion, who part­nered his fel­low Scot in four matches at Brook­line in 1999, isn’t buy­ing into the the­ory that Mont­gomerie, who names his three wild cards to­mor­row night, could split his camp at Celtic Manor by snub­bing play­ers who’ve gone the ex­tra mile to try and get into the 12- strong team while the likes of Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Luke Don­ald and Justin Rose have been chas­ing money in the FedEx Cup.

“I don’t think [by not pick­ing any of the play­ers here] that we will lose the ca­ma­raderie in the Euro­pean team. I don’t think we’ll ever lose that,” said Lawrie yes­ter­day at Gle­nea­gles, where he carded a sec­ond-round 73 to stand at two-un­der-par in the John­nie Walker Cham­pi­onship, an event that saw him fin­ish third 12 months ago.

“When you get there you are all Euro­pean. The team I played in, in 1999, there were a cou­ple of play­ers that I didn’t get on with and they didn’t get on with

Pic­ture: SNS

Stephen gal­lacher is in con­tention, just two shots off the lead at the John­nie Walker Cham­pi­onship af­ter a sec­ond round of 70.

Scot­land’s Marc War­ren plays his third shot at the sec­ond hole amid the stun­ning scenery at the John­nie Walker Cham­pi­onship at gle­nea­gles

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