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Ian Poulter and Padraig Harrington still chummy after Paddy practically takes the shirt off Ian's back

Colin Montgomerie’s decision to use one of his three wildcard picks on Padraig Harrington was widely criticized. Despite being a three-time major champion, Harrington had struggled this season, especially compared to world’s No. 8 Paul Casey and Justin Rose, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year. But apparently Harrington is peaking right on time, as he and Luke Donald sent Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher looking for the nearest ATM on Tuesday at Celtic Manor.

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It’s an interesting question, and one that European team captain Colin Montgomerie would not dismiss. Langer is leading the Champions Tour money list for the third straight year, and he demonstrated impressive mental fortitude when he won the Senior British Open at Carnoustie, then flew through eight time zones for the Senior U.S. Open the very next week, and outdueled hometown hero Fred Couples at Sahalee. (By the way, what is with the back-to-back majors on different continents?)

“He (Langer) said afterward that he used everything he had learned in the Ryder Cup to overcome a very vocal home support, and I think it wouldn’t be such a dramatic move to have someone of that age and that experience in the team,” Montgomerie said.

“It wouldn’t be such an out-of-the-blue pick. I think he’s playing as well as he ever has and he’s said he is. And I know through having played with Bernhard Langer that he is as good a partner as anyone could ever have.”

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US Ryder Cup team captain Corey Pavin went from declaring Tiger Woods wouldn’t receive an automatic spot on the team to saying he’s got a place saved for him if he doesn’t make it by merit. Now, Pavin plans to meet with Woods at next month’s PGA Championship for a serious captain-to-player talk, which is receiving more hype than a UN summit between world leaders to discuss an international peace treatise.

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