Monty defends decision to take Harrington

Colin Montgomerie is defending his choice of Padraig Harrington

as a captain’s pick, telling the cynics to wait until after the

Ryder Cup is over before judging whether he was the right pick.

Montgomerie took Harrington, a three-time major champion who

hasn’t won in two years, over Paul Casey and Justin Rose. Casey is

No. 7 in the world, while Rose won twice in America this

summer.

Harrington has not won a Ryder Cup match since 2004.

Montgomerie says the Irishman was playing the best golf of

anyone on the European team during Tuesday’s practice round, and

that Harrington’s energy reminds him of a rookie.

He feels criticism of his selection is not justified, and the

pick should be judged on Oct. 4, the day after the Ryder Cup.