Monday, May 31, 2010

Ross McGowan nursing right wrist injury

European Ryder Cup candidate Ross McGowan is nursing an injury to his right wrist that may take several weeks to fully heal.

The Englishman is fourth in the European points list for the 2010 Ryder Cup, which runs from 1-3 October.
"It's not stopping me playing but it swells up afterwards and I've got to keep icing it," said the 28-year-old.
As things stand, McGowan, pictured, would be one of six potential debutants in Europe's 12-man team for Celtic Manor in Wales.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is close to securing his first Ryder Cup appearance and the other would-be newcomers in position to qualify are Germany's Martin Kaymer, Englishman Simon Dyson, Italian Francesco Molinari and Alvaro Quiros from Spain.
All six are in the field for this week's Wales Open on the Celtic Manor course, where they hope to face Corey Pavin's United States side later in the year.
Europe's team is comprised of the leading four players on the Ryder Cup world points list and the leading five players, not otherwise qualified (having selected the four players from the Ryder Cup world points list) from the Ryder Cup European points list as of 29 August, or at the conclusion of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, whichever is the latter.
The remaining three places are filled through wild card picks from captain Colin Montgomerie, who has been granted one extra selection than previous captain Nick Faldo had for the 2008 event in Valhalla.
McGowan, who has had only one top-10 finish all year, left the Madrid Masters with his wrist strapped and a bag of ice applied to it on Sunday after finishing 52nd in an event he won last year.
This is not the only concern for European captain Montgomerie.
Swede Robert Karlsson and Ireland's Padraig Harrington have both withdrawn from the Wales Open, which starts on Thursday; the former to work on his game and the latter because he has undergone knee surgery.
Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey will also be absent from the event.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia is another who will miss the Newport showpiece event, despite Montgomerie's wish for contenders to learn more about the course where Europe will hope to reclaim the Ryder Cup from the US.
Better news for Montgomerie is that England's Luke Donald, the world number 13 who hopes to star in his third Ryder Cup, will play after clinching the Madrid Masters crown on Sunday and lifting himself to fourth in the world points list.
Spain's Miguel Angel Jiminez, Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and England's Oliver Wilson will also be in the field for the Welsh tournament.
New PGA champion Simon Khan, the 2004 Wales Open winner, is an outsider to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup and will play this week.
Fans favourite Jimenez, Wales Open winner in 2005, is also just outside qualification but a 17th European Tour title would catapult his push for a fourth Ryder Cup appearance.
American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin made his Wales Open debut in 2009 but will not play in this year's event.

Ryder Cup European points list (As of 31 May):
1. Lee Westwood (Eng) 2,726,026.27pts
2. Ian Poulter (Eng) 2,137,556.02
3. Rory McIlroy (NI) 1,461,089.47
4. Ross McGowan (Eng) 1,310,196.30
5. Martin Kaymer (Ger) 1,129,739.12
6. Simon Dyson (Eng) 1,051,374.05
7. Francesco Molinari (Ita) 1,039,684.91
8. Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 1,033,477.78
9. Paul Casey (Eng) 989,748.43
10. Padraig Harrington (Irl) 981,602.10

Ryder Cup world points list (As of 29 May):
1. Lee Westwood (Eng) 307.0pts
2. Ian Poulter (Eng) 214.0
3. Rory McIlroy (NI) 204.2
4. Luke Donald (Eng) 180.5
5. Padraig Harrington (Ire) 163.2
6. Martin Kaymer (Ger) 137.1
7. Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 133.0
8. Paul Casey (Eng) 110.2
9. Francesco Molinari (Ita) 123.0
10. Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 111.2



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