Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

Casey with point to prove to Monty


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.

Feelin’ groovy about iron shots out of the rough


Mickelson of the U.S. hits from the rough on the 14th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament in Bloomfield TownshipAs professional tournament golf edges closer to the year-end, several of the younger players can be forgiven for not exactly feeling groovy about their prospects out of the rough once the 2010 season gets underway.


Simon and Garfunkel preached a slower pace to life in their whimsical “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” in 1966 but those uplifting harmonies are unlikely to be of any help to many golfers who miss the fairways next year.