Colin Montgomerie says team is healthy

Updated: September 27, 2010, 4:04 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWPORT, Wales -- European captain Colin Montgomerie might have had cause to be concerned about the health of his Ryder Cup team when he arrived at Celtic Manor.

Lee Westwood has not competed since the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone on Aug. 6. Peter Hanson of Sweden had to pull out of the tournament in France last week with a chest infection.

Montgomerie said both players were fit and ready to go.

"I spoke to Peter yesterday. He's landed here in Britain now and he's OK, he's raring to go," Montgomerie said. "And Lee, I've been following his progress very much over the last month. And I'm so glad that he's played 36 holes over the weekend within a day, so he can cope with that all together. He's been playing a lot of golf, a lot of practice. So there's no worries with our fitness at all."

There was talk that Montgomerie might take Paul Casey -- who was not among the three captain's picks -- in case of an injury to Westwood or any other injury on the European side.

Casey had planned a biking trip in western Canada, and that's where Montgomerie expects him to be.

"He's gone for a bike ride, and I wish Paul Casey all success," Montgomerie said. "Lee Westwood has been in close contact with me over the last month. And for that reason -- total return to fitness -- there was no need to have a so-called reserve."

If either Europe or the United States needs a reserve, it must be announced before the opening ceremony Thursday. Montgomerie wouldn't say who that might be -- Casey is No. 7 in the world, but Justin Rose won twice in America this summer.

"I would have to go back to my vice captains and we would discuss the situation," he said.


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