Colin Montgomery has an extra wildcard up his sleeve when it comes to team selection. This will bring the total of captains wildcard selections for the European team to 3 (up from Nick Faldo’s 2). Not quite the 4 available to the US Captain Cory Pavin.
The fact that victorious US Captain Paul Azinger had 4 picks to Faldo’s 2 picks in 2008 proved to be a controversial issue. Monty has now prevailed upon the European Tour’s Tournament Committee to grant him an extra pick. Bernard Gallacher (Ryder Cup 1995) was the last European captain to have this power. The extra place will come off the World Ranking Points list bringing the number of player that can qualify through this route down to 4.