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Ryder captains set for Wales Open

Corey Pavin
Corey Pavin has not played in a European tour event since August 2007

Unites States captain Corey Pavin will play in June's Wales Open at Celtic Manor ahead of the 2010 Ryder Cup.

It means Pavin and Colin Montgomerie, captain of Europe, will come together in a competitive arena for the first time since they were both appointed.

For Pavin it will be his first look at the Twenty Ten course in Newport.

"I have heard a lot of great things about the Twenty Ten course and I cannot wait to see how it is set up," said Pavin.

The Californian says his trip will be useful to see how the course may be set up for the Ryder Cup in October 2010.

"The Ryder Cup is the most dynamic and intense experience a competitive golfer will ever have and for me personally, the dream will begin to become reality with my trip to Wales in June," added Pavin.

"When I was appointed United States Ryder Cup captain I spoke of what a great thrill it was for me to have this wonderful honour.

"Colin and I have met each other on three occasions in the Ryder Cup and it will be great to see him again.

"We are both passionate guys with a genuine love for the game and it will be fantastic to play in the same tournament together on the same course where we will both have the honour of being captains in what I believe is the greatest event in golf."

Montgomerie, who was selected as European captain in January, will be playing in his seventh Celtic Manor Wales Open and competing for the second time on the Twenty Ten course where last year he opened with rounds of 69 and 68 in last year's Wales Open.

The Ryder Cup is the most dynamic and intense experience a competitive golfer will ever have and for me personally, the dream will begin to become reality with my trip to Wales in June

Corey Pavin

"It is tremendous news that Corey is playing," said the European captain.

"Throughout his career, Corey has shown himself as a great competitor and I am sure, like me, he will be striving to win the Wales Open as well as looking ahead to his own plans for next year's Ryder Cup.

"It has additional significance as we are playing on the course where next year's Ryder Cup will unfold.

"It is set up to challenge the best and, being a course with a whole host of tempting options and punishing hazards, there will be much for Corey and I to examine."

Pavin is the 26th US captain and will lead an American team which, at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky last September, won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1999.

He will also attempt to become the first US captain since Tom Watson at The Belfry in 1993 to lead a team to victory on European soil.



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Montgomerie relishing captaincy
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Pavin named US Ryder Cup captain
11 Dec 08 |  Golf
US secure emphatic Ryder Cup win
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