Monty happy Tiger picked

2010-09-07 19:19
Colin Montgomerie (AFP)

London - Europe captain Colin Montgomerie welcomed Tiger Woods's inclusion in the US Ryder Cup team here on Tuesday after the golfing superstar was handed one of four wildcard berths on the American squad.

Montgomerie, who will lead Europe for the first time in next month's showdown at Celtic Manor, said the event would be "better" for the presence of Woods, who has struggled with form this year amid turmoil in his personal life.

US skipper Corey Pavin handed Woods a wildcard along with Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and 21-year-old prodigy Rickie Fowler.

"Corey has used his four captain's picks to good effect as I knew he would," Montgomerie said.

"I am glad we now know the 12 men we will face at Celtic Manor. Like my European team, the American side has an excellent blend of youthful talent and I am delighted to see Tiger Woods amongst Corey's selections - the Ryder Cup is a better event with him in it.

"I wish the American team safe travels and we all look forward to welcoming them to Wales."

Woods has a patchy record in the Ryder Cup since making his debut in the event in 1997.

In five appearances he has been on the winning side just once. When he missed the last clash in Louisville following knee surgery, the Americans ended a run of three successive defeats.

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