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Molinari feels win propelled him to Ryder Cup

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It seems Edoardo Molinari’s birdie-birdie-birdie finish at the Johnnie Walker Championship was too much for European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie to ignore.

Monty named Molinari, whose brother Francesco had already qualified for the matches later this year in Wales, Luke Donald – who was on a birdie barrage of his own at The Barclays, and Padraig Harrington his captain’s picks.

“I think I needed (the Johnnie Walker victory). Honestly if I didn’t win I don’t think I had a chance of being a pick,” Edoardo Molinari said.

The odd men out on Sunday were Justin Rose, a two-time PGA Tour winner this year and one of the few European highlights from the 2008 matches, and Paul Casey, who struggled with injury for much of the selection process.