trio say Langer, 56, merits Ryder consideration
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[July 29, 2014]
By Tom Hayward
LONDON (Reuters) - Tom Watson, Colin
Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have called for the 56-year-old Bernhard
Langer to be considered for Ryder Cup selection after his emphatic
13-stroke victory in the Senior British Open at the weekend.
British bookmakers Ladbrokes rate the German veteran a 20-1 shot
to be chosen by European captain Paul McGinley for the biennial
match against United States at Gleneagles in Scotland in September.
If Langer is picked he would become the oldest player in the history
of the competition, surpassing American Ray Floyd who was 51 when he
appeared in the team event in 1993.
"I'd certainly be saying to Paul that this guy is playing so well he
might be worth a pick," U.S. Ryder Cup skipper Watson told reporters
after finishing tied 10th in the senior event at Royal Porthcawl in
Wales on Sunday.
"The way he is hitting it just now Gleneagles is a course that could
be played by Bernhard."
Former European Ryder Cup captain Montgomerie, who finished a
distant second on Sunday, said world number two and new British Open
champion Rory McIlroy would have found it tough to keep up with
Langer at Porthcawl.
"Bernhard Langer's performance is one of the golfing performances of
all time," said eight-times European number one Montgomerie of the
German's 18-under-par effort on the Welsh links.
The margin of victory was the second biggest in the history of
senior major championships.
Selection for the 12-man European Ryder Cup team will be made up of
nine automatic qualifiers and three wildcard picks.
"We've been talking about it for a number of years now because I've
been playing some really good golf the last six or seven years,"
Langer said. "But I'm not sure I'm on the radar screen of Paul
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"It's up to the captain. I certainly feel my golf is worthy of
playing in the Ryder Cup."
Jacklin, Europe's most successful captain of all time, said he would
be considering Langer for a wildcard pick if he was in charge.
"Bernhard's a great team man...and I'd be thinking very seriously
indeed if I was Paul McGinley because even if the young guys had
been here they wouldn't have beaten his score," said Jacklin who was
working as a TV commentator at Porthcawl.
"It was a fantastic performance from him."
(Editing by Tony Jimenez)
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