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Gallacher backs Monty to recover

Colin Montgomerie
Montgomerie failed to make Europe's Ryder Cup team

Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher says Colin Montgomerie still has a future as a player in Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Current captain Nick Faldo hinted that Montgomerie's Ryder Cup career was in doubt after omitting him from Europe's team for Valhalla this month.

"I don't think for one moment Colin Montgomerie is finished in the Ryder Cup," Gallacher told BBC Sport.

"If Colin readjusts his schedule, he could get into the team next time."

After a poor season, Montgomerie was banking on securing one of Faldo's two wildcard picks in order to make his ninth successive Ryder Cup appearance.

However, the captain decided to award those places to Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, meaning that for the first time since 1937 there are no Scots in the European team.

I just want to say one thing about Nick's comments - it's by no means the end for Colin

Bernard Gallacher

And Faldo appeared to suggest 45-year-old Montgomerie could have made his last appearance in the tournament.

"Monty's had a historic career in the Ryder Cup, and I feel for him because my run came to an end too," he said at the team announcement.

"I played over 20 years in the Ryder Cup - and the first one you miss hurts."

However, three-time captain Gallacher admitted he was surprised to hear Faldo's bleak assessment of Monty's Ryder Cup future.

"I just want to say one thing about Nick's comments - it's by no means the end for Colin," he told BBC Sport.

"He plays a different type of game to Nick Faldo. Nick depended on people around about him and hitting balls on the practice range for hours and hours to keep his game going.

"And when he lost that enthusiasm and fitness, his game deteriorated. Colin doesn't need that. If Colin readjusts his schedule, he could fine well get in the team next time."

And Gallacher was keen to dispel the idea that there was bad blood between Faldo and Montgomerie, after the Englishman criticised his behaviour at the Seve Trophy last year.

"First of all I don't know about them not getting on," he said.

"In 1993 and 1995 when I captained the team, Faldo wanted to play alongside Colin because he was at the top of his game."


see also
European Ryder Cup rankings
26 Aug 08 |  Golf


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