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Lee Westwood, I think it was, preferred not to discuss his Ryder Cup chances after getting on track with his victory at the British Masters some ten days ago.

Lee Westwood, I think it was, preferred not to discuss his Ryder Cup chances after getting on track with his victory at the British Masters some ten days ago.
“It’s far too early (in the Ryder Cup season) to start talking about things like that,” he said, dismissing the subject without any further comment.
And he was right, of course.
The Ryder Cup race only began a couple of weeks ago and has almost a full year to run before the European team’s 10 automatic selections emerge from the World Rankings and European Tour points lists and non-playing captain Nick Faldo adds his two wild card picks.
Early indications, however, do seem to indicate that we’ll see a few new faces in Faldo’s team which will be charged with retaining the Ryder Cup after a magnificent run of four wins in their last five contests.
Justin Rose, Britain’s highest ranked player at No 11 in the World, will have very strong claims to a debut cap if he continues to play the kind of golf he is producing at the moment now and the same goes for his English compatriot Nick Dougherty, whose confidence must have surely been boosted by the fact that he was able to hold of an exceedingly strong field in winning last week’s Alfred Dunhill Links championship.
It is clearly too early to get too excited about the Irish teenage prodigy Rory McIlroy who right now is playing with a youthful fearlessness still to be traumatized by disaster.
But if he carries on from where he left off at St Andrews on Sunday where he was able to keep the likes of Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington at bay as he finished third behind Dougherty and Rose, he too could be looking to make his Ryder Cuo debut next year.
Don’t you agree?
For your information, here are the latest European Ryder Cup standings following the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (the first five qualifiers come of the World Rankings points list, the next five off the European Tour points list and the final two get selected as wild cards by Faldo:
(Capitals denote players in qualifying positions)
WORLD POINTS
1 NICK DOUGHERTY 53.32pts, 2 JUSTIN ROSE 50.21, 3 SOREN HANSEN 47.44, 4 LEE WESTWOOD 44.90, 5 PHILLIP ARCHER 43.17, 6 Ian Poulter 29.56, 7 Sergio Garcia 28.20, 8 Bradley Dredge 24.00, 9 Alastair Forsyth 20.00, 10 Rory McIlroy 19.20
EUROPEAN POINTS
1 Nick Dougherty 621,834, 2 Lee Westwood 565,972, 3 Phillip Archer 459,936, 4 Soren Hansen 400,005, 5 Justin Rose 375,080, 6 IAN POULTER 308,218, 7 BRADLEY DREDGE 233,701, 8 RORY McILROY 226,450, 9 PAUL LAWRIE 197,959 10 NICLAS FASTH 178,103
Cheers
Neville Leck

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