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Ryder Cup hopes at Gleneagles

At the halfway point of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, three players are tied for the lead. Two of them, Julien Guerrier and Gary Boyd, are European Tour rookies and the other, David Lynn, is a 36-year-old one-time European Tour winner.

None of them realistically have a shot at being named to Monty’s squad. But three shots behind we find nine players tied for seventh, many of them with their eyes locked on making a trip to Wales in early October. Here’s what Colin Montgomerie is looking at as he prepares to name his team after the completion of play on Sunday:

Among those tied for seventh are Francesco Molinari, who learned his spot on the team was sealed Thursday after Ross McGowan withdrew from the Scotland event with a shoulder injury.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, also T-7, is not a shoe-in for the team, but is showing his dedication by skipping his nephew’s wedding this week to attempt to secure his berth. The Mechanic occupies the ninth and final automatic spot and will be safe if he finishes inside the top-9 on the leaderboard on Sunday at Gleneagles.

Simon Dyson, also three behind the leaders, is looking to play his way onto the team, needing a victory and help from Jimenez as well as Peter Hanson.

Hanson is also T-7 entering the weekend. He is eighth on the automatic qualifying list but could be bumped if Dyson wins in Wales and he finishes outside of the top-43.

Paul McGinley is one of Colin Montgomerie’s Vice Captains and joins those at 6-under par. It’s certain he’ll be keeping a close eye on the contenders for captain’s picks since Monty is sitting out on the weekend action after missing the cut.

Edoardo Molinari is one of the players McGinley will be watching. Edoardo, also part of the tie for seventh, needs a captain’s pick to punch his ticket to Celtic Manor and join his brother, with whom he partnered with to win the World Cup last year.