Sunday 18 February 2018

Langer in Ryder mix

European captain Colin Montgomerie is considering handing a Ryder Cup wild card to 53-year-old Bernhard Langer.

Langer played the last of his 10 Ryder Cups at The Belfry in 2002 and now competes on the Champions Tour in America, but has won the Senior British Open and the US Senior Open in the last three weeks.

"I would not rule out picking Bernhard," Montgomerie said. "I'm not ruling out anybody, especially someone who has performed to that degree and is in the form of his life. It wouldn't be such an out-of-the-blue pick. And I know through having played with Bernhard Langer that he is as good a partner as anyone could ever have."

Montgomerie could be in need of some experience in his team if world No 3 Lee Westwood is ruled out with a calf injury. Westwood pulled out of the Bridgestone Invitational and said he has been told he needs six weeks' rest.

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell's towering seven-iron tee shot on the fifth hole of his final round in the US Open at Pebble Beach has been awarded the European Tour Shot of the Month for June.

Irish Independent

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