Thursday, 25 September 2008

Monty tells us what we should have done on Sunday and what we should do now it's over. Faldo wonders who the f*** asked him...

It hasn't taken long. We all knew it was coming. Colin Montgomerie, the man who has never had an opinion that wasn't worthy of media broadcast, took his chance to take a sideways slap at Nick Faldo. He's never got along with the beleaguered defeated Ryder Cup Captain so he was hardly likely to pass up the opportunity to slate him. He informed BBC Radio Five Live what he would have said had he been sat in the team room

"I'd have voiced concerns that Poulter, Westwood and Harrington are probably our top three players and they might not be involved in the Ryder Cup singles, as was the case. Play them earlier and they would have been involved 100%. Only once in the whole history of the Ryder Cup has the number 12 decided the match - Bernhard Langer in 1991."

It's a vintage interview from Monty, just say what the world has been thinking so you look clever, praise Poulter after the wee tiff in the wild card run-off and then right at the end there, stick in that factoid about Ryder history, so you look even more like future Captain material, all the while sticking the boot into Faldo without having to speak his name. Cracking stuff.

Monty as always had more opinions to be proffered. This time he wanted to make the case for Sandy Lyle to get the captaincy for 2010.

"It'd be a shame if it wasn't Sandy. There's no other outstanding candidate."

You and Jose Maria Olazabal not getting on these days either Monty? To be fair to Colin he has a point. Sandy was one of a group of five players to bag majors in the eighties in the first period of European dominance of the game. Seve Ballesteros, Faldo, Langer and Ian Woosnam have all captained the Ryder Cup team, leaving Lyle as the odd one out. Olazabal of course has two Masters titles to his name but he's quite a bit younger than Lyle, who has been not so secretly campaigning to get the post for about ten years now. Jose will get his turn, but you have to feel that Lyle needs to get it this time or he never will. The competition shall be in Wales, which is leading to calls for diminutive Welsh wizard Woosie to return, as Monty admits but still believes its the Scot's turn.

"Ian Woosnam did such a great job in Ireland and who's to say he couldn't do it again in his home country, but Sandy's time is around now and he hasn't done it before so you'd have to put him as favourite."

I think what sandy has in his favour is the Celtic angle, Woosnam was taken as one of their own when he went to Ireland with his team. An Englishman like Nick Faldo, would not have been as popular. It's the same going to Celtic Manor in 2010, the Welsh would really warm to a Scot, a Celtic brother to whom they are united by a hatred of the English.

Montgomerie's name has been put up in the betting for the 2010 captaincy but he's not entertaining the idea. He's long seen the match at Gleneagles in 2014, in his homeland of Scotland as his time. He said that at 45 he was not ready for the captaincy himself "whether offered or not" and besides he's planning to be playing at Celtic Manor anyway, adding "I hopefully haven't played my last shot in the Ryder Cup." Only a cynic would suggest that Monty is so anxious to see Sandy take the reigns in Wales two years from now, to ensure his path is clear, leaving Monty as the Scotsman leading the way in his home country come 2014; only a cynic would suggest that...

Monty voices his Ryder Cup opinions

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