Montgomerie says he would select Harrington for Ryder Cup team
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Montgomerie says he would select Harrington for Ryder Cup team

If Colin Montgomerie was still Ryder Cup captain (and, apparently, don't rule him out for 2014!), he would add three-time major winner Padraig Harrington to the Medinah-bound European team.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Montgomerie hinted a recommendation to pick Harrington to Jose Maria Olazabal.

“A team with no rookies in America is a stronger one, I feel. It’s difficult, there is no question," he said, as reported by Irish Golf Desk. “It is a different environment than it is at home. There is 90 percent of the crowd for America and only 10 percent for us and it is more difficult."

The Scot, however, is a tad off base in his read of the European Ryder Cup team. There are two rookies currently in the top 10 automatic qualifiers: Martin Kaymer and Peter Hanson.

Harrington was selected by Montgomerie for the 2010 team with one of his three wild-card picks for Celtic Manor. The Irishman did not play his best, but managed to be on board for two points in the European win.

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