Monty will be a fantastic Ryder Cup Captain, but ….
It’s official now. Colin Montgomerie will captain the Euro Ryder Cup ship next year at Celtic Manor in Wales. If anyone were to argue against the Scotsman Monty being Captain, that person would be an idiot. His qualifications are unquestionable. But it seems premature to me.
One thing that absolutely twists my shorts in a knot is that the committee has now made it virtually impossible for 50 year old Sandy Lyle to ever be honored with the captaincy. That is a travesty, much in the way that Larry Nelson was snubbed by the PGA of America, perhaps even more so. To go along with 16 European Tour wins, a handful of international victories and 4 US PGA Tour wins including the 1987 Players Championship, Lyle won two Majors: The Open in 1985 and the Masters in 1988. He was one of, if not the, best player in the world at a time when that was an incredibly big deal for the European Tour. He was part of the Big Five of Europe along with Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam, and now will be the only one of those five that won’t be Captain. Thank God that Woosie had enough sense to ask him to be assistant captain in Ireland in 2006.
Why not Lyle next year, Jose Maria Olazabal in 2012 in the U.S. and Monty in 2014 in Scotland, which is when he really wanted to do it? The selection committee for the European Tour is not only stupid, it should be ashamed of itself.
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(PS: I agree with you and Ron that Monty is a crappy choice in any year.)
Sandy Lyle got hosed.
OK, a captain does not have to be currently playing with his players, but I wonder how many of the non-Brit. players would even recognise Sandy if they bumped into him, whereas Jack could lead an international team to victory, never mind a US team. Still, at least we agree that Monty will be a fantastic captain, whereas Ron Mon & Kiel have yet to give a sensible reason for disagreeing.
I didn't think Kiel gave a reason of his own for thinking that Monty was a crappy choice and Ron's reasons seem more relevant to team-mate than captain (I think Tiger is more Faldo than Monty).
Sorry to drone on about this, although I make no apology for my passion for all things Ryder Cup.
In the meantime, I shall just have to endure Monty "smiling like the cat who got the cream, the mouse AND the place by the fire".
Perhaps KC could share some of Monty's "trickery" with us (before
"Yes, winning is an important aspect of the biennial RC pageant, but it's not the only issue. Honour is also a significant aspect of awarding the captaincy".
I guess that does make me a cynic then.
You nut, you. You're correct in that I didn't give a single sensible reason for disagreeing; I gave MANY!
Colin is a fop, a priss, a mama's boy extraordinaire. He never won a major, never won in the USA, choked at Riviera in a playoff, gagged at Winged Foot with one limp wrist around the USGA Open trophy, and finished, t-25 and t-24 in Opens on his home course (didn't fare much better in the others.) He deserves to be European side captain, but that's not to say he will be a good one. I'm a little suspicious of Pavin's chances, to be honest.
I don't give a flying fig about Monty's major or US record. Actually, I don't really care for Monty that much at all in other circumstances, and was against him being given a wild card for the last RC. Fop, priss - whatever - I can easily add to your list. However, how you can deny that he has demonstrated ample leadership skills when it comes to RC is beyond me. Strewth!
Anyway, first of all, he only wanted comments on his Monty blog if one DIDN'T get the TW analogy. Secondly, it might needle him a bit (payback) if I use your blog?
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