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October 29, 2009

Sergio Garcia won't change schedule for Ryder Cup prep

Posted at 11:27 AM by Mike Walker | Categories: Colin Montgomerie, Ryder Cup, Sergio Garcia

I had set the over/under on feuds Colin Montgomerie would start before the 2010 Ryder Cup at 5.5, but that might have been too low. Monty and Ian Poulter have never seen eye to eye, and now Sergio Garcia is making it clear that Monty is not the the boss of him, according to The Daily Mail (UK).

Monty has made it known that he will ask potential members of the 2010 side to play in the BMW Open at Wentworth, the Wales Open at Celtic Manor -- the venue of the next Cup match -- and the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles next year.

"Is the BMW a similar course to the Ryder Cup event?" Garcia retorted. "I don’t think so. If it fits into my schedule, I will definitely make an effort. If it doesn’t, you know, I’ll have to play wherever it fits my schedule."

Garcia has not played at Wentworth in the spring since 2000 and looks to have a well-settled schedule which ties him to competing in the United States at that time.

I can't wait to see Monty leading the Euros in Wales next year. No one is more passionate about the event -- the guy literally lights up when he talks about match play and the Ryder Cup. However, he should let this Garcia thing pass without comment. Garcia has proved his commitment to the Ryder Cup and has been a great teammate in past cups. If Monty's itching for a fight, he can always call up Sandy Lyle.

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