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Rupert Wyman 24th Aug 2010 - 10:31

Monty faces an Ed-ache

Success at the Johnnie Walker Championship is pivotal for some professional golfers. McGowan (80/1) needs a top-two finish and Dyson (25/1) or Quiros (25/1) must win this week to guarantee a place at the Ryder Cup.

They will play against Jimenez (20/1), who had originally intended to miss out on the event due to family commitments. However, he feels it is a necessity to try and safeguard his Ryder Cup position.

If he misses out on the Ryder Cup, it will be the first time that a Spaniard has not featured in it since continental Europe was included in 1979.

This time last year, it would have seemed likely that Garcia would be involved but he is taking a few months off from the game due to poor form.

Jimenez has never played a Ryder Cup in Europe, so he will be desperate to make the team.  This year he has won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the French Open, he is in-form and with so much at stake he should be thereabouts on Sunday evening.

If Jimenez does not automatically make the Ryder Cup team, he would have to settle for a wild card. Monty only has three picks and he will be up against the likes of Casey, Donald, Harrington, Edoardo Molinari and Justin Rose all of whom are ranked in the top 22 in the world.

Edoardo Molinari (20/1) will be playing at Gleneagles and he will be out to impress Monty.  Monty has problems, of the nine players currently in the qualifying positions, only McDowell and McIlroy are an experienced pairing.

If he picks Edoardo, he could be tempted to pair him with his brother, they are the World Cup champions.  Edoardo also won his first event on the European Tour this year with the Barclays Scottish Open.

Another player that will be desperate to impress is the long-hitting Alvaro Quiros. He has won in Spain this year and he would make an interesting pairing with his fellow Spaniard Jimenez.

The weather forecast for Gleneagles, looks extremely poor. One player who could stand out in the conditions is the Welshman Rhys Davies (40/1), he has had a great year and regularly makes the cut. At the 2010 Celtic Manor Wales Open over the Ryder Cup course, he hit a record nine-under-par 62 in the final round.

Ross Fisher (16/1) leads the betting and he is definitely taking part in the Ryder Cup, so there is no pressure on him to perform at Gleneagles.

The Czech Open winner Peter Hanson is 20/1 to win but I am not a fan of backing players that were successful the previous week. He may be mentally exhausted and with his Ryder Cup spot guaranteed, he does not need the win.

Gregory Havret (40/1) has course form and he won here in 2008 but he has not won on the European tour since. However, he did finish second in the US Open a few weeks ago and he carded an impressive seventy-two on his final round.

My main fancy is the Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin (50/1), he was tied tenth here last year and he always plays well in Britain. He was excellent as the Scottish Open and should revel in the conditions.

With a prize fund of £1.4 million, there are not just spots in the Ryder Cup at stake this week.




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