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Casey with point to prove to Monty

September 22, 2010

GOLF/European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie could be left with egg on his face if Paul Casey wins the U.S. Tour’s money-spinning FedExCup series on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Briton was flying high at ninth in the world rankings when Montgomerie ignored his claims for a wildcard pick last month, choosing Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari instead.

Europe have never enjoyed the luxury of leaving out a player ranked in the world’s top 10 and it shows the team’s strength in depth when the skipper can afford to omit a golfer as strong as Casey.

The Englishman has now climbed to seventh in the world and is one of only five players who can scoop the $10 million bonus on offer to the FedExCup winner.

If Casey edges out Americans Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Charley Hoffman and Steve Stricker at this week’s Tour Championship finale in Atlanta, Montgomerie is likely to come under renewed fire for discarding him.

The U.S. will be defending the trophy they won in Kentucky two years ago when they take on Montgomerie’s European team at Celtic Manor in Wales next week.

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