Monty defends decision to take Harrington


Ryder Cup

NEWPORT, Wales – Colin Montgomerie is defending his choice of Padraig Harrington as a captain’s pick, telling the cynics to wait until after the Ryder Cup is over before judging whether he was the right pick.

Montgomerie took Harrington, a three-time major champion who hasn’t won in two years, over Paul Casey and Justin Rose. Casey is No. 7 in the world, while Rose won twice in America this summer.

Harrington has not won a Ryder Cup match since 2004.

Montgomerie says the Irishman was playing the best golf of anyone on the European team during Tuesday’s practice round, and that Harrington’s energy reminds him of a rookie.

He feels criticism of his selection is not justified, and the pick should be judged on Oct. 4, the day after the Ryder Cup.