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Poulter is not guaranteed Gleneagles pick - Montgomerie

ESPN staff
August 4, 2014
Ian Poulter's roar was one of the defining images of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah © Getty Images

Colin Montgomerie says passion alone will not get Ian Poulter into the Ryder Cup side at Gleneagles in September - and compared the fiery Englishman to the Brazil football team.

Montgomerie, who captained the European side to glory at Celtic Manor in 2010, says this year's skipper Paul McGinley should ignore calls to call up Poulter purely on his performances in previous Ryder Cups.

Poulter has struggled with wrist and back injuries this year and has seen his form slump as a result.

'McIlroy will win the PGA Championship'

  • Colin Montgomerie says he cannot see anything other than a Rory McIlroy victory at the final major of the season, the PGA Championship, which starts on Thursday at Valhalla.
  • McIlroy triumphed at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2006 to win in his first start after major championship glory.
  • "He is going to win at Valhalla," Montgomerie told The Times. "I can't see anybody beating him.
  • "That will be four majors and we're well on our way then to ten in [the next] three or four years and then talk to me about [Jack Nicklaus' record of] 18.
  • He added: "I think if you had money you would put it on to win. I wouldn't worry about the each-way bet - I'd put it on Rory to win."

He has recorded just two top-10s in 2014 and in recent weeks has missed the cut at both the Scottish Open and Open Championship before finishing 22 shots behind winner Rory McIlroy at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Montgomerie said: "Everyone says it doesn't matter whether Poulter is an automatic qualifier but you've still got to be playing golf, come on.

"It doesn't matter how passionate you are. That's what the Brazilians thought they could win the World Cup on, passion and emotion. Well unfortunately they forgot to play football."

It is not the first time Montgomerie has expressed an opinion of this nature on Poulter. Ahead of the 2008 Ryder Cup, Montgomerie criticised then captain Nick Faldo for revealing that Poulter was pencilled in as a wildcard. Poulter swiftly told Montgomerie to "mind his own business" before going on to win four points out of a possible five at Valhalla.

In 2010, Poulter qualified for Montgomerie's team and earned three points from a possible four, before going unbeaten in 2012 including a run of birdies over the last five holes of his fourball match alongside McIlroy that kick-started the comeback dubbed the 'Miracle at Medinah'.

But Montgomerie believes Poulter's reputation is not enough to get him into Gleneagles as a wildcard.

"Poulter has the passion and emotion, more than anyone," the Scot said. "But he has to show some form for McGinley to say, 'Come on in here'."

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