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Monty wants Ryder Cup rehearsal

Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin
Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin launch their battle for the Ryder Cup

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie will ask his likely team to play in next year's Wales Open as a warm-up for the clash against the US.

The 2010 Ryder Cup will be played over the same course at Celtic Manor.

And despite the proximity of the Wales Open to the US Open, Montgomerie wants his key players to familiarise themselves with the course lay-out.

"I would expect those potential Ryder Cup players to be playing here," said the 48-year-old Scot.

US captain Corey Pavin expects the Americans who come over to play in next summer's Open Championship to combine the trip with a visit to the Twenty Ten course.

"I would like to see the potential players coming over and seeing the course once or twice before Ryder Cup week," said Pavin, who will be competing against Montgomerie in this week's Wales Open.

Also confirmed for the £1.8m tournament, which has a winner's cheque of £300,000, are European Ryder Cup men Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Bjorn, Paul McGinley, Paul Lawrie and David Howell.

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However, Oliver Wilson and Soren Hansen (both bad backs) and 2006 winner Robert Karlsson (inner ear infection) have withdrawn.

And other likely key men in Montgomerie's team for 2010, including Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Justin Rose are playing in the States in preparation for the US Open at Bethpage from 18-21 June.

There will be the same clash next year but Montgomerie wants his leading men to tinker with their schedules to play in Wales first.

"I can't insist on people playing in tournaments," he said at a press conference jointly staged with Pavin at Celtic Manor.

"I can ask and I am sure I will get some saying 'yes'. It is a qualification event anyway.

"I would expect a much stronger participation of potential Ryder Cup players to play next year."

After Nick Faldo's decision to appoint just one assistant captain, Jose Maria Olzabal, for the 2008 event in Valhalla, Montgomerie also wants a larger support team as for the Ryder Cup's return to European soil.

Ian Woosnam, who clinched the trophy as captain at the K Club in 2006, could be in line for a return to the fold, while Thomas Bjorn has also tasted success as an assistant to Bernhard Langer in 2004.

"I had a big say in the selection of the Seve Trophy captains in Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley and there's potential for them to take up a vice-captaincy role," he said.

"Ian Woosnam did a fantastic job in Ireland and being from these parts there should be no reason why he should not be involved in my thinking."



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