Montgomerie pleased to see Woods selected for U.S. Ryder Cup team

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European Captain Colin Montgomerie says the Ryder Cup is a better event when Tiger Woods is in it.
Mark Garrod
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Published: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 | 11:03 a.m.

Colin Montgomerie is "delighted" that Tiger Woods will be on the American side defending the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales on Oct. 1-3.

Woods has been given a wild card along with Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and 21-year-old Rickie Fowler -- the United States' answer to Rory McIlroy.

" Corey has used his four captain's picks to good effect, as I knew he would," said Montgomerie, who nine days ago controversially left world No. 9 Paul Casey out of his own team.

"I am glad we now know the 12 men we will face at Celtic Manor. Like my European team, the American side has an excellent blend of youthful talent and I am delighted to see Tiger Woods amongst Corey's selections -- the Ryder Cup is a better event with him in it,” he added. "I wish the American team safe travels and we all look forward to welcoming them to Wales."

There are those who believe that Woods has been a hindrance rather than a help to the American cause since he made his debut in Spain in 1997.

In five appearances he has been on the winning side just once and, when he missed the last clash in Louisville following knee surgery, the Americans ended a run of three successive defeats by a five-point margin.

Woods has lost 13 of his 25 individual matches, but has won all his singles since losing to Costantino Rocca at Valderrama -- and last October he scored 5 points out of 5 at the Presidents Cup.