Dredge penalty ends Ryder Cup points

The two-stroke penalty imposed on Bradley Dredge at the Czech Open late yesterday did not receive the same headlines as the one given to Dustin Johnson in the US PGA Championship last Sunday.

The two-stroke penalty imposed on Bradley Dredge at the Czech Open late yesterday did not receive the same headlines as the one given to Dustin Johnson in the US PGA Championship last Sunday.

But it could prove just as costly after the final two rounds at the Prosper Resort in Celadna.

The 37-year-old, with no chance now of qualifying for the Ryder Cup on home soil, had his sparkling 65 turned into a 67 for arriving 20 seconds late on the tee.

As a result he resumed today four shots behind Swedish leaders Peter Hanson and Fredrik Widmark instead of only two back.

“I thought I was 12.20 and it was 12.10,” he said. “I wasn’t too happy, but it’s my fault for not getting it right.

“And at the end of the day I could have still been on the putting green and got disqualified.”

That would have happened if he was late by more than five minutes, but Chilean Felipe Aguilar, seeing him and knowing he was in the group ahead, had a word and Dredge ran to join his playing partners.

Victory for Hanson tomorrow would knock Paul Casey out of the all-important top nine on the Ryder Cup table.

There is only one more tournament to go, the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles starting next Thursday, but Casey is controversially not playing there – and nor are Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald, who both could have qualified as well.

Casey falling out of an automatic place would give captain Colin Montgomerie a real headache.

Europe’s captain has three wild cards to hand out next Sunday, but in addition to Harrington and Donald twice US Tour champion Justin Rose and Italian World Cup winner Edoardo Molinari are in the mix.

Not that Hanson is the only player Casey has to be concerned about.

England’s Simon Dyson would go ninth with a win as well and on five under par he is just two back teeing off again.

And compatriots Ross McGowan, 11th in the standings, and Oliver Wilson (18th) could still have a say in things after making the cut on level par.

The other player Montgomerie will be watching out for over the weekend is Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.

The 46-year-old is not yet certain of his place at eighth – and he intends to attend a nephew’s wedding next week rather than go to Scotland.

Jimenez reached halfway at three under on the course he designed.

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