Montys Major Headache

Colin Montgomerie’s problems with Ryder Cup selection continue apace as he looks at the options for the three wildcard entries he has to hand out. With US PGA championship winner Martin Kaymer announcing he is not going to play at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles next week – the final match that counts towards selection – Monty faces a glut of stars to choose from and some hard decisions.

Kaymer, thanks to that win, is afforded a place on the team automatically but his success moved Luke Donald out of the automatic selection spot. With a need to collate the best possible team to take on a strong American assault there will be much soul searching and analysis to come.

The focus is very much on Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey and Luke Donald, with Justin Rose unable now to make the cut even should he perform well in the upcoming Czech Open and at Gleneagles, and the former three have made the decision not to return to Europe, one that could be costly.

The decision to remain in America is driven by the opportunity to play in the upcoming Fed-Ex Cup pay offs, a big money tournament that the three have latterly realised does not count towards Ryder Cup places. The choice of money over the prestigious tournament is an understandable one, but presents the captain with more headaches than he would ideally have liked.

Others who have no qualified but may be entitled to consideration are Ryder Cup stalwart Sergio Garcia, a man for whom form has been patchy of late, Henrik Stenson who has been recuperating from illness and European number one from 2008 Robert Karlsson. All would be useful additions to a fractured team as would Edoardo Molinari, the Scottish Open winner whose brother Francesco is currently within the automatic places.