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Last Updated: Monday, 28 August 2006, 07:10 GMT 08:10 UK
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With only one more qualifying event to go, Europe skipper Ian Woosnam knows seven of the players who will make up his side to defend the Ryder Cup in September after Robert Karlsson and Paul Casey sealed their places.

Padraig Harrington is almost certain to take one of the three remaining automatic spots, but five players will battle it out for the other two.

The world list fills the first five positions on the team, the European list the second five - Woosnam then selects two wildcards to make up his dozen.

But who else is moving up and down in the scramble to make the dozen for the match against the US?

ON THE GREEN

Paul Casey suffered disappointment at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational when a disappointing last nine holes saw him slip from first to joint fourth.

But that was still good enough to earn the 29-year-old Englishman automatic qualification for Woosnam's team, with Sweden's Robert Karlsson joining him.

Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, David Howell and Colin Montgomerie are the five who were already assured of their places on the team.

And Padraig Harrington is almost certain to join them after sharing 11th at Akron.

ON THE FAIRWAY

WOOSIE'S WARRIORS?
The 10 in possession of a Ryder Cup place (as of 28/08/06)
Luke Donald (Eng)
Sergio Garcia (Spa)
Henrik Stenson (Swe)
David Howell (Eng)
Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa)

Colin Montgomerie (Sco)
Robert Karlsson (Swe)
Paul Casey (Eng)
Padraig Harrington (Ire)
Paul McGinley (Ire)
First five selections come from points accrued around the world, the next five from European Tour events, plus two captain's picks

Jose Maria Olazabal finished 22nd at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, lifting him from 10th to fifth in the world points list, but he could be overtaken this week as he has opted to rest instead of playing the BMW International Open, the final event in the year-long qualification race.

Colin Montgomerie, who is safe thanks to his position on the European list, needs only to finish 49th in Munich to push the Spaniard out of the top five on the world list.

Casey could also overtake Olazabal if he finishes second at the German event.

That would leave Olazabal in the last qualifying spot on the European list, but Paul Broadhurst, Johan Edfors and John Bickerton could displace him.

That trio could also push Paul McGinley out of ninth spot.

IN THE ROUGH

In order to overtake Olazabal on the European list, Broadhurst must finish third in Munich, Edfors second and Bickerton win.

Two wildcards are also up for grabs for those who miss out on automatic qualification.

One is expected to go to Darren Clarke, providing he feels up to playing following the recent death of his wife Heather.

Lee Westwood, Thomas Bjorn, Ian Poulter and Carl Pettersson are the most likely candidates for the other one.

Westwood, who has an excellent Ryder Cup record, did not play the last round in Akron because of illness, while Poulter dropped four shots late on just as it looked as if he might achieve the sixth place he needed to qualify automatically.

The 36th Ryder Cup takes place at the K Club, Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland, from 22-24 September.



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