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Monty: Focus on Ryder after horror week

Last week it was Tiger Woods 18 over par. This week it was Colin Montgomerie -- for two rounds, not four.

Montgomerie's worst-ever USPGA performance will doubtless be linked to the distractions of personal troubles -- and Woods can relate to that.

"Very long two days -- very long week, unfortunately," said Monty, who on Wednesday again faced questions about his private life.

Only if he resigned right now from his Ryder Cup captain position could the Scot step out of the limelight, and judging by what he said after finding himself in last place last night that is not going to happen.

"I'm looking forward to getting the Ryder Cup team picked. A few are doing well, which is great, and I'll be following the Europeans and seeing what happens. I have spoken to everyone I needed to speak to about their schedules and I am fine about that.

"I look forward to selecting a very, very strong team."

The side is decided at Gleneagles in two weeks, although many of the stars still trying to grab a guaranteed place -- Montgomerie has three wild cards -- are staying in America for the start of the FedEx Cup play-offs, which do not count toward qualifying points.

This week, then, was the last opportunity for Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia to make their cases.

Rose managed only two rounds of 74, which leaves him requiring a pick in all probability, while Donald -- who is in position to qualify as things stand -- is struggling to make the cut too at three over with nine to play.

Casey is two better than that and has 11 holes of his second round to complete today, while Harrington recovered from three over to level par in the opening six holes of his round.

Montgomerie will be watching with keen interest -- and with envy too.


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