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Ryder Cup hero Monty wants to qualify by right

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LONDON, England -- Colin Montgomerie wants to qualify by right and not rely on a wildcard pick to make Nick Faldo's European Ryder Cup team later this year.


Montgomerie has failed to find his best form at the start of the 2008 season.

The Scot has been the mainstay of Europe's recent success in the bi-ennual competition against the United States but his form to date this season has been patchy.

Faldo would almost certainly pick him for September's match at Valhalla if he did not secure one of the 10 automatic places, but Monty hopes to do it on merit.

"I do hope so. I'm behind the 8-ball right now and want to be in Nick Faldo's team come September," he told the BBC.

As for the suggestion he is likely to be handed a wildcard anyway, the 44-year-old said: "Let's hope so, you get two picks and 10 automatic selections so I hope to try to get in there. But if not, we have the opportunity to get the pick and we'll see what happens."

The 10 players currently occupying the qualifying positions are Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Daniel Chopra, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, Nick Dougherty, Steve Webster, Robert Karlsson, Soren Hansen and Soren Kjeldsen.

Montgomerie insists Faldo's comments last year about the pair falling out will not be a problem in the Ryder Cup arena.

He later told Sky Sports News: "It wasn't public until he mentioned it, really.

"Over 20 years, playing with the same guys in the same locker rooms and at the same competitions, of course you get the odd tiff.

"But that's all forgotten now and the main goal is to try to get into his team and he knows that as well as I do, and I'd be honored to play for him."

Montgomerie, eight time Order of Merit winner, is set to play current European number one Rose in the first round clash at the Accenture World Match Play Championship in Arizona next week as he bids to improve his current ranking of 60. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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