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59 2 57 Possessed last night
52 9 43 A bit like Tiger; hasn’t had any action for months!
100 67 33 Who?
64 38 26 Four rounds in the 60’s.  “Senden a Fed Ex message”- Get it!
86 63 23 Still hanging around the practice ground
100 68 32 Squeezed his way in to this week’s field. Again,
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hoffman Long and curly Charley Hoffman grabbed the Deutsche Bank by the short and curly’s powering his way to an emphatic victory in Boston.  The Hoff had described his bunker play pre-season as “borderline horrendous”.  In an effort to improve he employed a coach and practiced so hard he injured his wrist requiring a five week break.  All the toil at the beach paid off last night as Hoff’s bunker shot from a tough lie on 13 dropped into the cup to surge ahead of the field. He looked a world beater shooting a 9-under 62 including 11 birdies en route to tying the tournament's 72-hole record of 22 under.

Final Round Highlights From the 2010 Deutsche Bank

Betting Preview: KLM Open

Hilversumsche GC

Hilversum, Netherlands 09 Sep 2010 - 12 Sep 2010

Gonzalo Fernandez Castano 28/1

gonzalo fernandez castano tips The KLM Open moves from Kennemer back to Hilversum for the first time since 2005. The winner then was Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez Castano, the first of his four tour wins. Like Sheffllin he’s listed in the field this week although there is a doubt as to whether he will play following his withdrawl after round one in Switzerland last week. Assuming all is well, I expect Gonzo to contend again after good showings in Ireland, the US PGA and the Czech Republic.

Charl Shwartzel 16/1

schwartzel custom top It has been an exciting year of Atlantic hopping for Charl Schwartzel who made his return to the European Tour last week with a tied fifth finish at the Omega European Masters. Twice a winner early on in the 2010 season, Charl usually ramps it up a notch in September and October (he won the Madrid Masters in early October 2009) and has all the attributes required to contend on this course.

Noh Seung Yul (Doctor Noh) 30/1

dr no Special agent Noh made history earlier this year becoming the youngest professional to win on the European Tour when he edged out KJ Choi to win the Malaysian Open. All these courses are new to the Korean but he has acquitted himself well in Europe with notable performances in Killarney, Sweden and Whistling Straits. A prodigiously long hitter for such a small man and an excellent putter makes me think Hilversum could be set up perfectly for him. Fourth last week means a big SpinDoctor yes for Noh!

Peter Lawrie 55/1

peter-lawrie Hard to choose between Peter Lawrie and Damien McGrane as far as Irish interest goes this week. McGrane top tenned in Hilversum back in 2005 but Lawrie seems to be the man on form. A stunning 63 last Saturday saw the Dubliner surge up the Swiss leaderboard and though he could not repeat the dose in the final round he did manage another top-10. Narrowly lost out in a playoff to Peter Hanson in the Czech Republic and still putting beautifully. The stats say that Lawrie doesn’t perform two weeks running but he contested the playoff in Holland last year and on a course this week that measures less than 7000 yards it’s going to be a putting contest which is right up his street.

Robert Coles 120/1

robert coles funny I have had a secret eye on Robert Coles ever since speaking to his friend Mark Kingston from Bantry Bay golf club a couple of weeks back. Coles tied fifth last week in Switzerland to win his biggest cheque since 2004 at the same event. The English veteran won twice on the Challenge Tour last year on his way back to the main Tour and finished sixth on this course back in 2005. Coles is sure to be grinding hard here to keep that all important card for another year.

If Castano is ruled out

Richard Green 40/1

richard green The Tour welcome back one of my favourite players this week in Richard Green. The Aussie, who has been a break since his appearance at the Irish Open, is about as laid back as they come and picks the events where he feels he can contend very carefully. Green tied fifth in Killarney and was unlucky not to win in Estoril earlier in the Summer. Holland has provided him with two second place cheques in the past so keep a close on Green this week and next in Austria.



Matt Kuchar Profile

Full name Matthew Gregory Kuchar
Born June 21, 1978 (age 32)
Winter Park, Florida
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
College Georgia Tech
Turned professional 2000
PGA Tour Wins 3
For long periods of the season this October’s Ryder Cup had a teak tough European Team matched against a straw weight USA side. However with the re-emergence of Matt Kuchar over the Summer, the balance may just have tilted back in favour of the Stars and Stripes.
Kuchar was born in Winter Park, Florida. He got started in golf when his mother, Meg, upgraded the country club membership to include golf when he was 12 years old. Matt and his dad tried golf and were hooked He graduated from Georgia Tech, and in 1997 won the U.S. Amateur. Kuchar went on to receive the Fred Haskins award in 1998 as the nation's top collegiate golfer and was the low amateur at both The Masters and U.S. Open in 1998. After turning pro in 2000, his first win on the PGA Tour came at the 2002 Honda Classic. The following seasons saw him slump down the rankings and off the Tour until his re-emergence in 2006 when he regained his card. An ever present since, Kuchar tasted victory in 2009 at the Turning Stone Resort Championship in a playoff over Vaughn Taylor and this season finished eighth on the Ryder Cup points list to clinch the final automatic team place. Although he lead the stats in scoring average and top-10 finishes this season Kuchar remained winless until The Barclays tournament two weeks ago where he defeated Martin Laird in a playoff. With that win Kuchar also broke into the world top-10 for the first time.

What’s In the Bag 2010 Matt Kuchar

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We’ve been trying for ages to figure out a way to beat the golf bag charges from Ryanair.  We even considered posting out our clubs to avoid the rip-off. But now somebody has finally come to the rescue.

Tony Judge from has out O’Leary’d Michael O’Leary at his own game.  Whilst Ryanair is ramping up the cost of flying golf clubs to €80 for a paltry 15kg bag on a flight to Faro, has set up a club rental desk at Faro airport with Taylormade and Callaway sets from €35 for your hols.  You simply prebook on, avoid the baggage carousels and collect your gleaming R9’s or Diablo’s on the way out.  Easy! The desk is open for all Ryanair flights.  We saved €110 on our upcoming trip to Oceanico using the service. The Judge’s decision is final.  Nice!


With Corey Pavin set to choose his wildcards later today here are the SpinDoctor’s predictions:

Anthony Kim: Just back from thumb surgery. Crashed out Saturday with a 76 to miss the cut in the Deutsche Bank Championship. "If he judges me on my last two weeks, I probably won't be a pick," says Kim but Captain Corey hasn’t exactly got a wealth of talent to choose from. Cut his teeth last time out winning two points and seen as the man to take on McIlroy. Doc says Yes.

Sean O Hair: Might be the Justin Rose of the USA. Came close to the team last time and was overlooked, could it happen again? Solid in the President’s Cup beating the Big Easy very easily and a model of consistency on the regular tour. No wins though. Doc says No

Zach Johnson: Hardly covered himself in glory at the K Club, but Zach presents a solid CV. Winner of the Crowne Plaza in May and tied third at the US PGA. Doc says Yes.

Stewart Cink: Experienced Ryder cupper, handy at the matchplay in the Arizona desert and three top-20’s in last four events. Hasn’t hit the heights since his Open win. Doc says Yes.

Rickie Fowler: Young energetic and orange. Or should that be green? Fowler would bring a little pizzazz to the US lineup but can Pavin afford such luxuries? With two runner ups, Fowler makes a strong case but picking him would be a gamble and something tells me that if Pavin takes a three wood off the tee in a playoff with Bubba Watson, he’s not much of a gambler. Doc says No

Tiger Woods: If anyone thinks Corey Pavin is going to leave Woods out of the Ryder Cup they need their head examined. There is far more to Tiger’s inclusion in the USA team than just his form. It runs deep; golfing politics and big business. On the course Tiger kicked Rest Of The World ass at the Presidents Cup then bragged about it in the gym with his football team mates. He’ll be there, trust me. Doc says Yes.




Loss of posture during the golf swing can affect all aspects of the golf swing namely timing, balance and rhythm. Losing spine angle or altering posture usually causes two typical mis-hits, the block to the right and the hook to the left. Due to the body angles changing from address the player will have to rely on their hands to square the face at impact. This becomes a timing driven swing that can be inconsistent. The majority of PGA Tour Professionals maintain their spine angle through the impact position from their address position.


The ability to separate the upper and lower body allows the shoulders to rotate around the spine without altering the original posture. If the golfer has limited spinal mobility then posture can change as they try to swing the club.


Torso turns on one leg is a great exercise to help the torso rotate better. Stand on one leg and cross the arms over the chest and get into golf posture. Try to rotate the torso back and forth for up to 25 seconds without moving the lower body. Repeat on the opposite leg.

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83246027AR007_HSBC_Champion With Padraig Harrington being Fed-Ex’d home he now has to decide where to play competitive golf in the lead up to the Ryder Cup.

He could tee it up in the Irish PGA Championship at Seapoint in Drogheda an event he has won six times or travel to Paris for the new  Vivendi Cup pro-am.  Harrington is desperate for some tournament action now that the million dollar dream of glory in the US in gone and may consider the €4000 first prize in his home championship.


by Brian Keogh,

Padraig Harrington plans to add a European Tour event to his schedule before next month’s Ryder Cup after missing the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship and crashing out of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

The Dubliner, 39, followed a damaging first round 74 with a three under 68 but still missed the one-under par cut by one stroke at TPC Boston.

Ryder Cup skipper Colin Montgomerie had hoped that his controversial wildcard would use the FedEx Cup to sharpen his game for the Ryder Cup. Now the Dubliner is wondering where he will get some competitive action just over three weeks before the European team assembles at Celtic Manor.

“I’ll definitely play before now and the Ryder Cup,” Harrington said in Boston. “What are the three (European tournaments)? I don’t even know, I’ll have to have a look.57610103

“As much as I’d like a break, and a break wouldn’t do me any harm, I still want to be competitive going into the Ryder Cup. You can’t get the sort of competition you want unless you’re on a golf course in tournament play.”

The three European Tour events before the Ryder Cup are the KLM Open in Holland, the Austrian Open and the inaugural Vivendi Cup in Paris.

Having complained that fatigue didn’t help his game in New Jersey last week, Harrington is unlikely to make the trip to the Netherlands next week.

But he knows he must find some form and quickly if he is to play any meaningful role in winning back the Ryder Cup.

He is under pressure to put in a decent performance after two winless Ryder Cup matches in a row and two years without a tour win.

But he continues to insist that his game is not as poor as his erratic results suggest.

“The game’s fine and solid,” said Harrington. “I’m just not letting it happen.”

Harrington wasn’t the only Irishman to suffer disappointment in Boston.

Rory McIlroy followed his opening 64 with a 76 to slip from third to 56th on two under - 10 shots behind leaders Brandt Snedeker and Jason Day.

Tiger Woods shot a 65 to ensure that he progresses to next week’s BWM Championship.

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TaylorMade Ghost Driver There are quite a few new pieces of kit coming through towards the end of this year. Rumour on Tour is that Taylor Made is bringing out a White headed driver to match the ghost putter they have out. I am not sure how well this will be received and I seem to remember a white headed driver back in the early 90's made of the bullet-proof material, Kevlar. It bombed, quite literally. There are also two new irons to join the Taylor Made fold with a new forged head design. This comes as a welcome relief as they have not had a forged iron for the club golfer for over two seasons. So, with new Titleist woods, new Mizuno irons and the new Taylor Made product all coming out at the end of the season it is set to be a busy time on the Tour Trucks getting all these new clubs into play.

On The Tour Truck With Derek Murray,

graeme mcdowellWhere the hell has GMac gone?  Rumours were abounding that he had embarked on a “Caveman Diet” and a Rocky IV training regime in preparation for the Ryder Cup.

Now we can reveal Graeme  is planning to fine-tune his game for The Ryder Cup by playing in the Austrian Golf Open from September 16 – 19,  the penultimate  European Tour event before Colin Montgomerie’s European Team takes on the USA.

You know the Austrian Open, its the one where Markus Brier with his 20 logo’s does his thing on his home course.  bad news this year for Markus, the event has moved from Fontana to the Diamond Course.

Pic: “Bushmills- The Cause of and Solution To all life’s problems.

Graeme: “I have a good record in Austria, having finished ninth in 2007 and eighth in 2008, both at Fontana Golf Club.  In 2008, which was also a Ryder Cup year, I had a great chance to win, or at least get a top three in Austria which would have given me valuable Ryder Cup points.  Unfortunately I played aggressively on the last, found water, and slumped to eighth.  Thankfully a month later I had some great results, including a win at The Barclays  Scottish Open, which secured my place on Sir Nick Faldo's team.”


Welsh golfer may be more familiar for his final round stumbles, but nobody expected it to happen at Crans Sur Sierre. And especially not at the start.  Dredge is normally in the polka dot jersey in Switzerland having had a win, a second and a third at the venue.  However he started today with the following card which included a triple whammy on the fourth. Ouch.

bradley dredge crans 2010 disaster 

hurricane earl tiger woods Tiger Woods may well have Earl in his ear tomorrow, Hurricane Earl that is.

Tee times for Friday morning's first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship have been moved up 40 minutes and the course superintendant has assembled a group of volunteers to clear debris from TPC Boston if necessary.

Hurricane Earl, which is currently packing winds of 125 mph, is headed up the East Coast of the US and is set to impact the Massachusetts coast sometime on Friday.  No one is sure when -- or how severe it will be.

rory mcilroy quail hollow 62 “Twenty eight year old Northern Irishman Rory  McIlroy has strolled to victory at the 2017 US PGA Championship”………dreams or reality?? 

Could well be a prophecy with the news that Quail Hollow has been awarded the 2017 final major of the year.  That’s where Rors compiled his incredible 62 to win his first US Tour event in May.  The course has become famous for its “Green Mile,” the 16th, 17th and 18th are officially  the toughest stretch on the PGA Tour.


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golfer starts blaze funny We’ve all seen that momentary spark the club makes when it hits the mat on the driving range but last weekend a golfer's really did “burn it up” when his swing in the rough at the Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine, Calif., struck a rock and caused a spark, which set off a blaze that eventually covered 25 acres, according to the Steven Buck, General Manager of Shady Canyon Golf Course.  150 Orange County firefighters were drafted in to fight the blaze according to the Associated Press.

The player who caused the blaze is a yet unnamed as is his iron make, although many firefighters reported them to be the new Callaway X24 “Hot” irons! The tinder dry conditions following a recent heat wave were highly conducive to this kind of event.


Winner alright: Last week Francesco Molinari finished tied third paying out each way at 24/1

Simon Dyson 26/1

simon dyson Simon did his very best over the past few weeks to play his way into the Ryder Cup team to the extent that a win last Sunday would have guaranteed him an automatic spot. The weather and the tension were all too much as a clearly agitated Dyson didn’t produce his best. His sixth place finish make it two top-10’s in successive weeks following his return to form at the US PGA Championship. Finished tied for seventh in the mountains last year with two rounds in the low 60’s.

Bradley Dredge 24/1

bradley dredge Bradley’s best result of the season was tied third at the BMW in Munich back in June. Although he has tour wins Bradley is probably better known for squandering final round leads in dramatic fashion. However one of those victories came at Crans-Sur-Sierre in 2006 where he won by eight shots from Francesco Molinari. The following year Dredge put in a sterling defence in finishing third and almost claimed victory again last year only to come up against an unstoppable Alex Noren in the final round. Scored a top-10 again last Sunday at Gleneagles so watch out for an in form player on his favourite course this week.

Marcel Siem 70/1

marcel siem Although still quite anonymous on the leaderboards German Marcel Siem is having his most consistent run of finishes for some time. His final round 70 in tough conditions saw him climb to a tied seventh finish in Scotland last week make it a fifth consecutive top-40 and sets him on course to contest the Race To Dubai final this season. Siem has a bit of Swiss history when he tied second in 2006.

Brett Rumford 34/1

brett rumford Aussie Rumford seems to be really hitting some form and came from nowhere last week to almost steal the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. Having won The Omega Masters in 2007 after a playoff with Philip Archer a good performance this week will surprise nobody. Rumford seems to have knuckled down to some practice after missing the cut in the Czech Republic and his Scottish form was more in keeping with his top-10’s at the Irish Open and the Scandinavian Masters.

Philip Archer 100/1 (Provisionally in Field)

phil_archer Even making the cut lately has been a battle for Phil Archer. At the start of last week he languished at 158th on the Race To Dubai list knowing that unless he started performing his Tour card was gone. A tied tenth finish in Gleneagles thanks to an excellent final round in tough conditions brought his earnings to just over the €100,000 mark and if he can squeeze another cheque this week might just survive the drop. Archer brings good form to a course on which he has bitter sweet experiences having lost a playoff to Brett Rumford in 2007. A long odds shot but worth looking at the odds of finishing in the top-10 on Wednesday night.


EdoordoMolinari-415 Player Profile: Edoardo Molinari

Full name Edoardo Molinari
Born 11 February 1981 (age 29)
Turin, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Residence Turin, Italy
Turned professional 2006
European Tour Wins 2
The only hope Edoardo Molinari had to airmail his way past the “Fed-Ex Four” was to win at Gleneagles. And he did. Playing with brother Francesco in the final round Edoardo produced the arguably the most dramatic finish on the European Tour this or any year birdying the last three holes to claim victory.
Edoardo first came to prominence in 2005 when he became the first Italian and the first Continental European to win the U.S. Amateur Championship. As a result of that win he qualified to play in the 2006 U.S. Masters where brother Francesco caddied!
He turned professional in 2006 after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Turin with a degree in engineering. He topped the Challenge Tour money list in 2009 and secured playing rights on the European Tour for 2010. He capped a successful 2009 by winning the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan. Then in November last year, Molinari, along with his younger brother Francesco, led Italy to their first World Cup win at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in China. This season has been stellar for Edoardo with two wins at Loch Lomond at Gleneagles, both of which came when paired with his brother in the final round. Never has a player been more deserving of a Ryder Cup pick.

What’s In The Bag 2010 Edoardo Molinari

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Hip mobility allows a golfer to efficiently execute the backswing, downswing, and follow through phases of the golf swing. Limitations in hip mobility due to a lack of flexibility in the muscular surrounding the hips or actual joint range of motion will limit the golfer in the execution of these phases within the golf swing. It is essential to exercise to address both the flexibility and range of motion requirements of the hip. One such exercise is hip circles and over time will improve hip mobility for the golf swing.

Lack of mobility in the hips can lead to faults in the swing such as swaying or sliding. Both faults are as a result of poor hip mobility and cause the hips to move more laterally and not rotationally due to this restriction. These faults result in loss of power and the player having to over rely on the timing of their hands to try square the clubface at impact.

To perform the hip circles exercise place both of your hands on the floor directly under the shoulders. Position both of your knees directly under the hips, eyes looking down, and back flat. Begin the exercise by lifting the right knee slightly off the floor with the knee bent at 90 degrees. Press the right knee backwards maintaining a bend in the knee. Continue the movement until the right knee is in line with the right hip. Slowly rotate the right knee outward in a circular motion completing the movement when the knee is returned to the starting position of the exercise. Perform 15-20 repetitions and repeat with the opposite leg. Think about drawing a circle with the knee during the execution of this exercise.

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Golf-Balls at Barclays There were plenty of cool things to see at The Barclays last week. The first is the practice balls. Unlike the European Tour where all the range balls are Titleist Pro-V1’s, on the US Tour every brand of ball used by the field is available on the range. The balls are handed out in colour coded bags and after use are collected washed and painstakingly resorted by tour staff. Another spot on the range was Ipoults 3 driversan Poulter’s bag which was stuffed with three different drivers and putters. Is this a sign that Poults is unhappy with his weaponry? Let’s hope he  gets a setup he likes in time for Celtic Manor. Speaking of the Ryder Cup venue, a member contacted us last week to say the course has been battered by rain recently and has really suffered badly. The greens staff are going to have their work cut out for them to make it presentable before October’s matches. To finish this week we have the news that huge hitting US Ryder Cupper Bubba Watson is expected to trade in his pink Ping S59 irons for the new S56 model after Celtic Manor.

Monty’s Driver


Looks like Rhys Davies is set to “drive off” at Celtic Manor but not in the way most think. Yes Davies is set for the most coveted non playing role at this year’s Ryder Cup as he to be Colin Motgomerie’s personal buggy driver. The Welsh putting wizard who lives a half hour from the Celtic Manor resort answered the call to be Monty’s personal cabbie on Sunday afternoon. It’s not the first time a future star has been invited to join the team as Martin Kaymer did so during the last matches in Valhalla. Rumour has it that Davies is to have a cashmere Chauffeur’s cap for his driving role.

Blasberg Death Deemed Suicide


The mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of 25 year old LPGA player Erica Blasberg went some way to being solved last week when a suicide note was finally found. Detectives investigating the golfer's death searched the car of Blasberg’s Doctor Thomas Hess, which was parked in Blasberg's driveway, and found a suicide note and Xanax pills obtained in Mexico. Hess, who found the body, told Nevada investigators he hid a suicide note and pills because he wanted to spare her family embarrassment. The doctor detailed time they spent together playing golf and watching TV in her home in the days before he found her dead on May 9th with a plastic bag over her head.

Harrington in Casey out. An awkward situation.

As if the drama in Europe couldn’t be topped Padraig Harrington and Paul Casey were paired together at the Barclay’s on Sunday when news of Captain Monty’s picks came through.

Casey: "Caroline’s (Harrington) a great friend, She would have said something to me if I had been picked. So at that point I kind of knew that I hadn’t."

Harrington: "It was an odd occasion, all right, in that sense," Harrington said. "You know, on one hand I’m happy for myself, but I did genuinely feel sorry for Paul. It’s not a great situation to be in … but as I said, once you’re not on the team automatically, you do leave yourself up to this. And it’s not a nice place to be, I can tell you that."

Casey: "I’m not going to stand here and sort of plead a case for why I should be on the team. It’s done and dusted. I tried my hardest and I didn’t make it."

Harrington: "I won’t normally play the age card but this time it obviously suits me. It’s amazing how it came down this year.”

Playoff Chop

clip_image005Though Tiger Woods soared up the rankings with a good Sunday performance at Ridgewood spare a thought for the players who do not advance to the second stage of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs having dropped outside the top-100 after The Barclays. They include Robert Garrigus, he of the sweaty bum at the St Jude Classic where he crumbled in the playoff against Lee Westwood. Also chopped were German Alex Cejka and amiable Jerry Kelly. The remaining 100 players now advance to this week’s event, the Deutsche Bank Championship.

montys team selection News on Monty’s team selection from the European Tour website:

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.

Montgomerie was left with five players in the Official World Golf Ranking Top 22 chasing a pick.

No brothers have played in the same match since Bernhard and Geoff Hunt in 1963 and Edoardo Molinari piled on the pressure with a three-birdie finish to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in dramatic fashion.

In Harrington's favour was that he was the only three-time Major winner amongst the candidates.

The biggest pluses for Donald, who missed the last match following wrist surgery, were that he has lost only one of seven Ryder Cup games, has a perfect four wins out of four in foursomes, was third at The Celtic Manor Resort in June's Celtic Manor Wales Open and was ranked tenth in the world.

Casey was one higher than that and his head-to-head record also strengthened his hand. He won the World Match Play at Wentworth in 2006 and was a finalist in the last two World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play in Arizona.

Rose scored three points out of four on his debut, partnering Poulter to two wins and beating Phil Mickelson in the singles. He also had two brilliant US PGA Tour victories earlier this summer.

And then there was Edoardo Molinari, whose brother clinched his debut on Thursday when England's Ross McGowan pulled out of the final counting event through injury.

They won the Omega Mission Hills World Cup together last November and Edoardo, winner of The Challenge Tour last season, also staked his claims by winning the Dunlop Phoenix title in Japan and the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond - as well as coming second to Ernie Els in the US PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Only eight of the American side are known at the moment. Captain Corey Pavin adds four wild cards on Tuesday week and Tiger Woods is among those waiting for a call.

After announcing that Sergio Garcia will join the team as a fourth Vice Captain, Montgomerie went on to explain the reasons behind his three picks.

He said: "Padraig Harrington has won three Major Championships in the last three years...the stature of Padraig...he is someone we feel that nobody in match play golf wants to play.

"He is a great competitor and someone that will bring everything to The Team that we know about European golf.

"Luke Donald has played seven times in Ryder Cup and has lost only once.

"And Edoardo Molinari, what can one say about his performance today?

"In my time on the European Tour, over 24 years, I have never seen a finish like that. All credit to him, having to win and doing just that."

Montgomerie suggested he already knew his three picks before the Gleneagles event but admitted this evening he may have been stretching the truth.

He said: "I was lying at that stage!

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