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Dyson to go all out for Ryder Cup place as competition intensifies

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Europe's elite golfers talk to CNN about the battle for Ryder Cup places
  • Nine automatic places and three wild cards up for grabs
  • Simon Dyson hoping to win final European tour event to secure automatic qualification
  • Captain Colin Montgomerie announces his team on Sunday night

(CNN) -- Simon Dyson has told CNN he will go all out to win the Johnnie Walker Championship as he bids to secure an automatic place in Europe's Ryder Cup team.

The Englishman must record a victory at Gleneagles to clinch a spot on captain Colin Montgomerie's team, otherwise he will have to rely on one of the three wild cards available.

Competition for places is fierce with English trio Justin Rose, Paul Casey and Luke Donald, as well as three-time major winner Padraig Harrington, all vying for a captain's pick.

Dyson shot a round of 70 on day two of the championship in Scotland and finished on six-under -- three shots off the lead held by English pair Gary Boyd and David Lynn and Julien Guerrier, from France.

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But Dyson, along with Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, is hoping he can take matters out of Montgomerie's hands by winning the event and booking his place at Celtic Manor in Wales on October 1.

He told CNN: "The last two weeks have probably been the best golf I've played all year so the confidence is as high as its been all year. I'm striking the ball good and I know if I keep doing that hopefully it'll take care of its self.

"I know I've got to win to get in so it's kind of a different mind set -- I'm going to go for it and see what happens."

I know I've got to win to get in ... so I'm going to go for it and see what happens
--Simon Dyson
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Italian Edoardo Molinari is hoping to join brother Francesco in Montgomerie's team as a wild card and he posted another impressive round at Gleneagles to sit on six-under par alongside Dyson.

The European Tour rookie told CNN he was unfazed by the battle for places. "To be honest I don't feel a lot of pressure because obviously last year I was playing on the Challenge Tour, so if I make the Ryder Cup it will be great.

"If not it is still a great season having won Loch Lomond [the Scottish Open] and being almost in top 20 in the world so I think I don't have any extra pressure."

Swede Peter Hanson and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez occupy the final two automatic places, and both are in the chasing pack at Gleneagles on six-under.

Hanson, who won the Czech Open last week, said he thought Harrington should have played in Scotland rather than traveling to America for the FedEx Cup, like Rose, Casey and Donald have done.

"Padraig isn't here this week -- he has a great chance to get a wild card -- but there's three, four, five guys chasing so to be sure perhaps he should have come here and played," he told CNN.

Frenchman Thomas Levet was part of Europe's triumphant 2004 team, but he told CNN Harrington should miss out after a disappointing year.

He said: "Monty has to pick the best players this year and when you look at it Edoardo Molinari has played the best. He won the Scottish Open and he's been there mostly every week.

"You have Justin Rose who won twice in America this year -- enormous season -- almost player of the year in America so far, so that's two guys you can't stop.

"Then you have Paul Casey, who almost won the World Championships in matchplay and always plays good in the Ryder Cup. These three guys have played the best. Maybe Luke Donald could be picked but I don't know if it is enough what he has done this year.

"I think Padraig Harrington is the one with the biggest resume but he is the one that has played the worst of the five so it's going to be a really hard decision to let go of someone like him."