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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 September 2006, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Woods loss would lift us - Monty
Tiger Woods (L) and Colin Montgomerie
Montgomerie (R) will meet Woods at the Ryder Cup later this month
Colin Montgomerie says Europe's Ryder Cup hopes would get a real boost if one of the team can beat Tiger Woods at the World Match Play Championship.

With the Ryder Cup just a week away, the Scot wants to see one of his five European team-mates stop Woods as he chases a sixth straight tournament win.

"It would do us a power of good," said the 43-year-old Montgomerie.

Woods plays Shaun Micheel in the first round and could meet Britain's Luke Donald in the last eight.

Montgomerie said: "The draw has worked out well for me because I stay away from him as long as possible.

"It would be great if Luke could have a go at him."

I'll start to think about the Ryder Cup on Monday when I pack

Colin Montgomerie

Woods, who has said that his American Ryder Cup team are "definitely the underdogs" at the K Club near Dublin next week, is chasing his sixth straight tournament victory.

And in the build up to the World Match Play at Wentworth, Woods did not repeat the comment he made the week before the 2002 match at The Belfry when he said that he wanted to win a world championship more than he did the Ryder Cup.

This year, when he was asked which tournament he wants to win most, Woods replied: "All three events I play in."

However Woods did admit that there were some aspects of the Ryder Cup that he did not enjoy.

"I'm looking forward to competing. I absolutely love getting out there and playing and playing with my team-mates in either fourball or foursomes matches," he said. "I always love doing that.

Rob Hodgetts
BBC Sport Ryder Cup blog

"But I'm not a real big function guy, so there are parts that have never been fun for me.

"When I first played in 1997 I remember Payne Stewart and Mark O'Meara pulled me aside and said 'get your sleep now because when you get there you won't sleep a lot'."

Montgomerie, Donald, current European tour number one David Howell, Paul Casey and Robert Karlsson are the European team members on view at Wentworth.

And Montgomerie, who has won the European Order of Merit eight times, says he will try to forget about the Ryder Cup ahead of his first-round match against Howell on Thursday.

"It's a shame I've been drawn against David," he added. "I'd rather not play a team-mate and I think both of us feel that way.

"It's an awkward one, but the words 'Ryder Cup' do not interest me on Thursday. You've got to put out of your mind that you're colleagues five days later.

"I'll start to think about the Ryder Cup on Monday when I pack."

World Match Play draw:
(1) Michael Campbell v (16) Simon Khan
(8) David Howell v (9) Colin Montgomerie
(5) Retief Goosen v (12) Paul Casey
(4) Adam Scott v (13) Mike Weir
(3) Jim Furyk v (14) Robert Karlsson
(6) Ernie Els v (11) Angel Cabrera
(7) Luke Donald v (10) Tim Clark
(2) Tiger Woods v (15) Shaun Micheel





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