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Europe missed Monty - Gallacher

Bernard Gallacher
Gallacher captained Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 1995

Former Europe Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher says Colin Montgomerie would have strengthened the team that lost to the United States in Valhalla.

Montgomerie was left out of captain Nick Faldo's 12-man team to defend their title against the USA after the Scot had a poor season.

"In some ways we missed Colin this week," said Gallacher.

"We really need a Colin Montgomerie back in the team, so I hope he gets his game back."

In a year in which he slipped outside the world's top 100-ranked players, Montgomerie had stated that making the Ryder Cup team was more important to him than winning a major.

However, the Scot had to rely on one of Faldo's wildcard picks, which were awarded to Ian Poulter and Paul Casey.

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Faldo had hinted that he thought the eight-times European Order of Merit winner had played his last Ryder Cup, thus stopping only 1.5 points short of the record total held by the Englishman.

And, after the 16.5 to 11.5 defeat to the Americans, and criticism over his tactics, Faldo said he did not expect to take up the captain's role in two year's time.

Now 45, Montgomerie would be one of the prime candidates, but Gallacher does not think it is a job that appeals to him just yet.

"I don't think he wants to be the captain, I think he wants to play in the team," said Gallacher.


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