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Ryder Cup to be tweet-free zone

posted 27 Sep 2010, 11:47 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 27 Sep 2010, 11:49 ]

Ryder Cup captains ponder selections and ban their players from tweeting during the tournament.

Both Ryder Cup captains are mulling over the vital pairings for the tournament which starts on Friday.

Speaking at a news conference at the Celtic manor course soon after arriving with his players on Monday (September 27), US captain Corey Pavin was not giving much away.

"All 12 guys have their own individual abilities and personalities and I'm going to pair the guys according to that. And every individual knows a couple of players they're going to play with, or potentially play with," said Pavin, who arrived for the news conference carrying the famous gold trophy his side are defending.

Montgomerie was more open, saying Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari would be paired together.

"It's obvious that you might see the Molinaris playing together. I don't think that would shock anybody, so I might as well tell you right now."

Another obvious pairing for Montgomerie would be the Northern Irishmen Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

"They are great friends, great pals and do well together, so you might see them play together as well," added Montgomerie.

Both teams have banned posts on Twitter in a bid to maintain focus on the competition.

"It's not a ban as such, I just have asked my team not to and they have said OK, that's fine, we start again tweeting or twittering or whatever it might be; I've never done it, I don't know what the hell it is, on Monday October 4," said Montgomerie.

Pavin was asked about motivation and said: "It's been a long time since we've won in Europe, since 1993, if there is any motivation we need I think that's plenty."

Pavin and Montgomerie are both non-playing captains but Montgomerie has his eye on a return to the greens. He is a veteran of eight Ryder Cups and one of the most successful players ever to compete in it.

"After this great honour and responsibility, I intend to do my utmost to try and make the team in 2012," he said.

Europe are trying to win back the trophy after losing two years ago at Valhalla.