Garcia has not played in the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth since 2000, but Montgomerie has said: “I feel every European that is qualified for that event should be playing and I will be asking for that personally in my role.”
Monty is also keen for them to appear at Celtic Manor in the Wales Open, an event Garcia has never played, so they are familiar with the course before Ryder Cup week.
“If it fits in my schedule, I will definitely make an effort,” Garcia said. “It if doesn’t, you know, I’ll have to play wherever it fits my schedule.
“I haven’t looked at it yet, so I can’t answer that one,” he added. “[Montgomerie] hasn’t talked to me yet, so maybe he doesn’t think I’m going to make it.”
CABRERA BRINGS END TO SEASON: By pulling out of this week’s HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Masters champion Angel Cabrera also will miss out on the European Tour’s season-ending Dubai World Championship.
By skipping the HSBC Championship, the 40-year-old Cabrera will play the minimum 12 events required for inclusion in the Dubai field, though he would have been eligible if he hadn’t been disqualified from the recent Castello Masters. He missed his tee time by less than 15 minutes after being delayed en route from Bermuda the previous day.
“Now I have two weeks in South Africa, then back to Argentina and restart in January in Hawaii,” said Cabrera.
Cabrera’s decision could be great news for England’s former European Open champion Kenneth Ferrie, currently 116th on the Order of Merit and in danger of losing his Tour card. Ferrie will move up one spot when Cabrera’s name is removed from the list, with the top 115 earning exemptions for next season’s circuit.
Ferrie could have secured his immediate future at the Singapore Open on Sunday. But by finishing only 57th, he stayed 116th in the ‘Race to Dubai’ standings.
ELS UNHAPPY WITH SCHEDULING: Ernie Els has slammed the European Tour’s decision to co-sanction last week’s Barclays Singapore Open at the same time as the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain.
With the World Match Play taking a break from the schedule last year, Els was technically the defending champion, having won the event at Wentworth in 2007.
But due to his contractual obligations to play in Singapore, he was unable to challenge for an eighth World Match Play title.
Els is also still upset after his obligations in Singapore forced him to miss the season-ending Volvo Masters in 2007, meaning he was unable to add to his earnings on the European Tour and missed out on a third Order of Merit title as Justin Rose won in Spain to claim his first.
“The one year the European Tour put the Volvo Masters up against the Singapore Open and I could not play the final event on the European Tour and it cost me the money title,” said Els. “So I was not very pleased about that and the fallout from that, the criticism I got about European Tour players playing in an Asian event.
“We have got more controversy [last week] because of the Match Play, which they have put up against the Singapore Open,” he added. “I do not understand that, it is a tournament I have won seven times.”