Form or coma?

By now you will have probably read all you need to read about Monty’s impossible decision. The Ryder Cup team has been picked and the three wild cards have been named. Monty displayed an interesting combination of thinking as his choice fell on Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington and Eduardo Molinari. The first one probably won’t cause a lot of discussion as number 10 in the World and a cv with a well proven record in the Ryder Cup together with his impressive stretch on the European Tour this summer. The other two are a bit more interesting!

At a seminar with some BB&O coaches last night we came to talk about the selection of players for squads and the principles behind it. I explained ‘National Team coma’, a condition that sometimes occurs when players think they have made it (onto a squad) and then somehow tend to relax a bit and even slow down their progress. We want to keep players ‘on their toes’ where they know that only current performances and putting the work in will earn them the right to come back. Molinari’s current form certainly cannot be questioned and his display at Gleneagles clearly impressed. When it comes to Harrington no doubt a few more questions will be raised with regards to current form. Nobody can knock his experience. It will be interesting to find out what that is worth!

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