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Monty conduct disappoints Faldo

Colin Montgomerie (left) and Nick Faldo
Monty could overtake Faldo as the record Ryder Cup points scorer

Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo described Colin Montgomerie's absence from three team meetings at last month's Seve Trophy as "disappointing".

"Monty's a tough one. He was the only one whose emotions I had to deal with," Faldo, who replaced the Scot as GB & Ireland Trophy captain, told the Times.

"He only came to two of the five team meetings, so that was disappointing.

"Then he had to be teased out on to the 18th green to support his team. The bottom line was he hadn't won a point."

I never felt Nick was a real team player

Former European Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher

But three-time former European captain Bernard Gallacher told BBC Radio 5live that Faldo's team spirit left much to be desired in his playing days.

"I never felt Nick was a real team player but I accepted it as a captain because he gave you points," said Gallacher, who led Europe from 1991-1995.

"He wasn't a player like Seve who used to rule the team meetings, be out on course rooting for the players and would play with anybody the captain wanted him to play with.

"Nick always wanted to play with best player."

Montgomerie is hoping to earn a ninth Ryder Cup cap next September and could well be Faldo's successor as captain.

He even suggested last week that he would be happy to act as a playing vice-captain next year, after Ireland's Paul McGinley quit as one of Faldo's original picks as vice-captain.

McGinley wants to try to qualify for another cap, although he was reported to have been upset after Faldo awarded his two Seve Trophy wild cards to England's Simon Dyson and Scot Marc Warren, leaving no Irishman in the event west of Dublin.

Montgomerie criticised Faldo's decision to appoint McGinley and Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal as vice-captains back in May.

"The vice-captains, to be honest, are just names at this stage. There's nothing much going on right now," said Montgomerie.

The first thing to remember is the Seve Trophy isn't the Ryder Cup

BBC 5live golf correspondent Iain Carter

"I would have a look at who hasn't qualified and any experienced Ryder Cup players I would take with me at that stage - a month before the event. But of course Nick's a different animal."

BBC Radio 5live golf correspondent Iain Carter said the repercussions of Montgomerie's actions in Ireland were likely to blow over quickly.

"The first thing to remember is the Seve Trophy isn't the Ryder Cup and there is no player with a better reputation for being a team man in the Ryder Cup than Colin Montgomerie," he said.

"But, equally, the Scot may well need a captain's pick to be at the next Ryder Cup, so there was plenty of reason for him to try to impress Faldo, both on or off the course.

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"I would be surprised if there is any great carry over from this but it is certainly my impression that Faldo seems to have better relations with the younger generation of Europeans than he does with players who, for a while, were his rivals."

Faldo still holds the record for Ryder Cup caps with 11 but Montgomerie could overtake the six-time major winner as the competition's highest points-scorer. He has 23½ points to Faldo's 25.

The pair were partners at The Belfry in 1993 and Oak Hill in 1995.

Faldo took over from the Scot as captain of the Britain and Ireland side for the Seve Trophy against Continental Europe and used the event to speak to both sets of players ahead of next year's match against the Americans.

The 2008 Ryder Cup takes place at Valhalla Golf Club, Kentucky, USA from 19-21 September.



see also
Montgomerie eyes role under Faldo
03 Oct 07 |  Golf
Montgomerie rues McGinley timing
28 Sep 07 |  Golf
McGinley quits Ryder Cup position
26 Sep 07 |  Golf
Faldo picks Ryder Cup assistants
22 May 07 |  Golf
Europe stick with Ryder selection
02 Feb 07 |  Golf
Lyle advocates Ryder Cup revamp
09 Nov 06 |  Golf
Faldo has tough Ryder job - Monty
17 Oct 06 |  Golf


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