Montgomerie considers picking Langer for Ryder Cup

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie is considering handing a Ryder
Cup wild card to Bernhard Langer, even though the German quit
playing mainstream golf several years ago.

Langer, 53, played the last of his ten Ryder Cups at The Belfry
in 2002 and now competes on the seniors Champions Tour in
America.

In the last three weeks he has won both the British Seniors Open
and the US Seniors Open. Montgomerie believes his vast Cup
experience could be invaluable to a Europe team which looks like
containing at least four rookies.

”I would not rule out picking Bernhard,” Montgomerie said.
”I’m not ruling out anybody, especially someone who has performed
to that degree and is in the form of his life.”

Montgomerie said to win the British Seniors at Carnoustie, then
travel eight time zones and beat local favorite Fred Couples at the
US Seniors Open in Seattle was no mean feat.

”He (Langer) said afterwards that he used everything he had
learned in the Ryder Cup to overcome a very vocal home support and
I think it wouldn’t be such a dramatic move pick to have someone of
that age and that experience in the team,” he said.

”It wouldn’t be such an out-of-the-blue pick. I think he’s
playing as well as he ever has and he’s said he is. And I know
through having played with Bernhard Langer that he is as good a
partner as anyone could ever have.”

Montgomerie has another month before he has to finalize his team
to play the United States in Wales from Oct. 1-3, and he may have
an experience gap that could be filled by Langer.

There is a danger that Montgomerie will not have the services of
European No. 1 and World No. 3 Lee Westwood, who pulled out of the
Bridgestone Invitational after two rounds Friday with a calf
injury. The Englishman says he will need at least six week of rest
and treatment before he can return to golf.