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Johnnie Walker Championship: Montgomerie's Gleneagles u-turn

Not playing in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, the final qualifying event for the Ryder Cup, will not harm players chances of being picked as a wild card, European captain Colin Montgomerie has said.

That has been a huge bone of contention in the European camp ever since two years ago Nick Faldo gave Ian Poulter a wild card despite the Englishman preferring to play in America at the time.

Monty said last night: “I have a great number of players, more than half my team, competing in the FedEx series and I wish them success. It won't affect them either way if they don't happen to be playing at Gleneagles.”

Not that Montgomerie was left with a great deal of choice after Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose and Paul Casey, three of the most prominent players who have yet to qualify for his team, all stated they'd play in the first of the FedEx Cup play-offs — the Barclays — which takes place in the same week as Gleneagles.

Meanwhile American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin has denied that he was certain to use one of his wild cards on Tiger Woods if the world number one needed it.

After being reported as saying that “of course I'm going to” Pavin used his Twitter page to claim he had been misquoted.

“I never said such a thing and will not say a thing until September 7,” he said.

That is when he announces his picks for the October 1-3 match at Celtic Manor in Wales.

This week’s US PGA is the final qualifying event for his team.

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