Saturday 24 March 2018

Play on US tour and risk missing Ryder Cup, warns Montgomerie

European golfers basing himself in the US again next season run the risk of not making the Ryder Cup.

The warning came from former captain Colin Montgomerie today, just before the qualifying race starts in Switzerland.

Montgomerie said leaving out world no. 9 Paul Casey was the hardest thing he had to do as Cup captain and he said he hopes his successor Jose Maria Olazabal does not face the same agonising decision.

He added: “If you base yourself in America you are taking a risk to make the Ryder Cup team, quite simple.”

Casey lost out to the uncapped Edoardo Molinari, choosing to play in the first leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs in New Jersey, whereas the Italian birdied the final three holes to win at Gleneagles.

Rose, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald were also in the States, even though Montgomerie asked them all to fly to Scotland instead.

“I feel that Olazabal will have a stronger representation of Ryder Cup players next year than I did,” he said.

“It’s quite straightforward. If you don’t make the top 10 you might not make the team and you can’t rely on a pick.”

The first five of the team for Chicago next year will be based on their European Tour earnings and the next five from their world ranking points during the 12-month race.

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