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Ryder Cup hopefuls boost 2010 Wales Open field

Venue: Celtic Manor Resort, Newport Date: 3 June - 6 June Starts: 0700 BST
Coverage: Score updates on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and online. Saturday highlights at 2345 BST on BBC TWO Wales and Sunday highlights at 2230 BST on BBC TWO Wales. Live on Sky Sports 3

Robert Karlsson
Karlsson's Wales Open win helped him qualify for the 2006 Ryder Cup

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie has been boosted as a host of Ryder Cup hopefuls have confirmed to play at the Wales Open on the 2010 host course.

Past Wales Open winners Robert Karlsson and Miguel Angel Jiminez will feature at the Celtic Manor next week as they seek to retain their Ryder Cup place.

German Martin Kaymer, Spaniard Alvaro Quiros and Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari will also play.

Montgomerie has urged his Ryder Cup wannabes to play at the Wales Open.

The Celtic Manor's Twenty Ten course's next tournament after staging the 2010 Wales Open is the 38th Ryder Cup showpiece between the United States and Europe in the autumn.

And Euro skipper Montgomerie wanted his players to get accustomed to the Newport course before going toe-to-toe with America's finest between 1 and 3 October.

Ryder Cup certainty Padraig Harrington has withdrawn from the Wales Open to have knee surgery.

But Luke Donald, the world number 13, will play at the Celtic Manor as the Englishman hopes to make amends for missing out on Europe's 2008 Ryder Cup team at Valhalla.

World number 11 Kaymer is currently fifth on Europe's European points list, while Quiros is seventh as they aim for their Ryder Cup debut at the 2010 showpiece in Newport.

Miguel Angel Jiminez
Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiminez has starred in four Ryder Cups

Karlsson - who won the 2006 Wales Open crown - is currently just outside of Ryder Cup qualification but the Swede will be chasing his 11th European Tour title at Celtic Manor to strengthen his push to star in his third Ryder Cup.

Fans favourite Jiminez, Wales Open winner in 2005, is also just outside Ryder Cup qualification but a 17th European Tour title would catapult his push for a fourth Ryder Cup place.

The Molinari brothers - 38th and 39th in the world rankings - helped Italy win golf's World Cup last year and now are pushing for a Ryder Cup debut.

The newly-crowned PGA Championship winner Simon Khan, triumphant at the Celtic Manor in 2004, will also be in the Wales Open field for the £1.8m Championship.

English pair Ross McGowan and Simon Dyson, who are currently in the top eight for Ryder Cup qualification, are also set to play in the 11th Wales Open.

Montgomerie, who is also in the field, will run the rule over fellow Ryder Cup stars Graeme McDowell, Oliver Wilson, Soren Hansen, David Howell, Paul McGinley and Niclas Fasth, the runner-up to Denmark's Jeppe Huldahl last year.

Other contenders for this year's European Ryder Cup team include English quartet Ross Fisher, Ross McGowan, Chris Wood and Simon Dyson.

American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, however, will not play the Wales Open as he did in 2009.

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Harrington will miss Wales Open
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Goosen withdraws from Wentworth
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Ryder Cup hopefuls' tough course
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Monty wants Ryder Cup rehearsal
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Monty backs Europe for Ryder Cup
03 Jan 10 |  Golf
Karlsson keeps composure to win
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Jimenez powers to Welsh triumph
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Wales Open - former winners
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