Full Monty: Europe fills Ryder Cup roster; Tiger in hunt

Aug 29, 2010 |

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie rounded out his roster on Sunday, selecting Edoardo Molinari, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald as his three captain's choices, according to the Associated Press.

Molinari birdied the last three holes Sunday to claim the European PGA Tour's Johnnie Walker Championship at Perthshire, Scotland. He also earned a spot on the Ryder Cup squad.

Montgomerie also selected Harrington, a three-time major winner, and Donald, currently ranked No. 10 in the world, to compete for the European team in Wales in November.

The nine European players who qualified on their own for the Ryder Cup team were Lee Westwood, U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, PGA champion Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter, Ross Fisher, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson, Rory McIlroy and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

In another move by Montgomerie, Spaniard Sergio Garcia was named a vice captain but will not play for the Europeans, who opened as slight underdogs, are now listed as 4/7 favorites to defeat the United States squad.

U.S. captain Corey Pavin is expected to announce his selections on Sept. 7. Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton and Matt Kuchar, who won The Barclays Championship on Sunday, already have qualified for the U.S. team.

Tiger Woods made a positive step Sunday by shooting 67 at The Barclays to finish tied for 12th and advance to next week's FedEx Cup event. Although the Ryder Cup standings have already been decided, he can make a strong case for a roster spot with a strong finish to the season.

Woods' position on the team has been the subject of debate during his first winless season. He remains ranked No. 1 in the world and has Ryder Cup experience but is 12th in the standings behind Anthony Kim, Lucas Glover and Zach Johnson.

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