Darren Clarke , Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley have been named by Europe Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie as his vice captains. He was quite bullish during the announcement saying they had the qualities to help the team regain the Ryder Cup from the United States.
“They have all been part of successful European Ryder Cup teams in the past and know the players who will be part of the team. We all have huge respect from the players and respect in the team room and on the course is vital.”
“I think this is the strongest team we have ever assembled, on and off the course. It’s a fabulous time for European golf.”
Montgomerie still has to finalize his 12-man team, which will be chosen after August’s Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles one of the questions this selection raises is whether Darren can still play himself onto the team – having shown some great form recently…
U.S. captain Corey Pavin has selected four vice captains: Tom Lehman , Jeff Sluman , Davis Love and Paul Goydos .
Updated list of contenders for a place on the team for the Ryder Cup 2010 are a combination of the two following lists – with the top 4 players from the World Points list and the top 5 from the European Points list automatically qualifying for a place on the team. These 9 are then supplimented by the Captains 3 “Wildcard” Picks.
Colin Montgomerie leads Europe in the Royal cup as they attempt to reclaim the cup from Asia this week. Standing in for Seve, Monty has also given himself a playing role — a first in the competition’s history. Naturally he will be keeping a close eye on possible candidates for his Europe team to face America at Celtic Manor in October.
The European side includes Swedes Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, Alexander Noren and Peter Hanson, England’s Simon Dyson, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen, Spain’s Pablo Martin and Montgomerie.
Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie will play an exhibition match on Monday October 12th at The Celtic Manor Resort, as part of a celebration marking the ‘Year to Go’ before the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales. The two captains will play 10 holes on The Twenty Ten Course the venue for the Ryder Cup 2010 and the first course built specifically to host the Ryder Cup. The match will precede a press conference and gala dinner.
Great news for those of you still looking for Ryder Cup tickets – There’s a second chance to enter the draw for Ryder Cup tickets 2010 – this second ballot is now open for registration at Seetickets.com. So if you missed out on the first draw get over and register – note that if you entered for the forst draw and were unsuccessful you will be automatically entered in the second ballot. The second computerised random lottery draw will take place in May 2010 and notifications will go out by the end of May…
The race for team places in the European Team for Ryder Cup 2010 is now officially underway with the start of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre…
The points competition is for the 8 automatic places is up for grabs, but of course there’s also the very important chance to catch Montgomerie’s eye and play for a wildcard place.
With the Ryder Cup points now zeroed and all to play for Monty had the following to say…
It is a great opportunity for everybody to start from scratch this week in Switzerland and a great opportunity for everybody to make that Team, because I can speak from personal experience, it’s a fantastic atmosphere and a fantastic occasion to be involved with. It’s our Olympic Games, if you like, and I wish everybody every success in their attempts to make it.