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| ||While the PGA Tour begins a new chapter with the playoffs, the European Tour
will end a chapter Sunday at The Gleneagles Hotel. This is the final
tournament for European players to earn one of the automatic nine spots on
the Ryder Cup team. Colin Montgomerie`s squad will be finalized on Sunday
with the announcement of his three captain`s picks. Lee Westwood, PGA
Champion Martin Kaymer, U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy
will make the team from the World Points list. Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher
seem like safe bets as two of the five from the European Points list.
Francesco Molinari, last week`s Czech Open winner Peter Hanson and Miguel
Angel Jimenez are in the precarious spots 7-9. Paul Casey and Padraig
Harrington are next in line, but are teeing it up at the PGA Tour`s Barclays
instead. They will have to rely on Montgomerie selecting them with a pick.
Simon Dyson, Alvaro Quiros and Ross McGowan have chances to break into the
top nine. Dyson and Quiros need to win the title this week to make the team,
while McGowan has to do no worse than second. Peter Hedblom captured last
year`s event when he held off fellow Swede Martin Erlandsson by a shot. The
win was Hedblom`s third European Tour title. Golf Channel will have all four
rounds. Next week is the European Masters, won by Alexander Noren last year.