View From the Spire: Monty goes mad for the Molinaris

The European Ryder Cup team has now been announced, with arguably the hardest set of Captain’s Picks ever and are testament to the high quality of European golf, with this years U.S. Open Champion and PGA Champion both playing in the European team next month in Wales.

ryder cup logo 2010 300x292 Monty goes mad for the Molinaris!!!

The Captain’s Picks were made difficult due to more European players playing on the American tour.  Casey, Donald, Harrington and Rose all missed automatic qualification and were relying on one of 3 Captain’s Picks.  On this side of the pond, however, Edoardo Molinari was making a strong case for a pick of his own.  A win at the Scottish Open and many consistent weeks on tour meant Monty’s decision was always going to be close.

Monty had asked players earlier in the season to play at Celtic Manor in the Welsh Open.  Donald came over for the tournament at the Montgomerie 2010 course on a 3-week tour and amounted a win, a second and a third. Most believe that he got his pick for these actions.  Harrington, a 3-time major winner with several Ryder Cup’s experience, was always likely to get a pick despite his relatively poor Ryder Cup form.  A player that will never give up and someone that the team rookies will undoubtedly turn to for advice.

This left the last pick. Casey had come second at the WGC match play event earlier this year, Rose had won twice on the U.S. tour and Molinari had just won at Gleneagles under what could only be described as crippling pressure. Monty went with Molinari and although Casey and Rose fans will be disappointed, I’m sure deep down they can understand why.  Molinari, a consistent player all year with two victories and a clear-cut foursomes and fourball partner with his brother, is a perfect Ryder Cup candidate and a Captain’s dream.

The Captain’s Picks always make or break the Ryder Cup, from Captains not playing their picks until the singles, to Ian Poulter under the command of Faldo, leading the points for the three days.

I’m now looking forward to the Ryder Cup in October and I’m sure that Monty’s men can stop the Americans taking the cup home, I just hope that the Welsh October weather doesn’t prevail as the biggest talking point.


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