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.