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Last Updated: Monday, 14 August 2006, 06:50 GMT 07:50 UK
Lehman will not play in Ryder Cup
Tom Lehman with the Ryder Cup
Lehman is in 19th place at present
US captain Tom Lehman admits he made his mind up some time ago not to play in next month's Ryder Cup, barring any "crazy, unforeseen circumstances".

Victory in Sunday's International would have lifted the 47-year-old from 29th to seventh in the American standings.

But Lehman is now in 19th spot after losing a play-off to Dean Wilson.

"I have momentum, but I'm the captain," he said. "I decided a while back that unless there was some crazy, unforeseen circumstance I would not play."

Only this week's USPGA championship remains before the top 10 earn automatic selection.

Lehman could still force his way into it with a top-seven finish at Medinah, but appears to have already made his decision.

One thing will be for certain - the guys I pick will have good short games

Tom Lehman on his two captain's choices
"My putting is just a little bit too erratic," he added. "I don't putt poorly usually, I don't three-putt a lot, but I just don't make enough putts and in the Ryder Cup it's all about the short game.

"Putting and chipping is what it comes down to, guys that can knock the ball in the hole."

Lehman admits he will endure some sleepless nights before finalising his two captain's picks for the K Club next Monday.

"There are so many players who have poured their heart and soul trying so hard to make the team, and there could be a good reason for picking every one of them who is in the running," he added.

"One thing will be for certain - the guys I pick will have good short games."

Only five American players are certain of their spots - Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Chad Campbell and David Toms.

The next five - Chris DiMarco and uncapped quartet of Vaughn Taylor, JJ Henry, Zach Johnson and Brett Wetterich - could all lose out.

But with a top-10 finish required to gain any points in the American system, DiMarco and Taylor look pretty safe.

With 675 points on offer to the winner of the PGA anybody down to Robert Gamez in 104th place in the table could yet make it, provided they are playing in the final major of the season.

Wilson's victory lifted him from 68th to 22nd in the cup standings, but he will require a top-five finish at Medinah to make the team.

Stewart Cink's fifth-place finish moved him up from 20th to 12th and even if he cannot climb into the top 10 he is one of the favourites for a wild card.

The European table remained unchanged after the weekend, with Sergio Garcia missing an opportunity to go from sixth to first when he fell from seventh to 29th in Colorado.



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