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Montgomerie targets Woods' scalp

Tiger Woods
Woods missed the USA's comprehensive 2008 Ryder Cup win

Colin Montgomerie believes Tiger Woods' presence would make it "a better win" for Europe if his team regain the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in 2010.

Woods missed the USA's comprehensive 2008 win in Kentucky after undergoing knee surgery.

But the winner of 14 Majors displayed ominous form during the weekend's Presidents Cup event in San Francisco.

Montgomerie said: "I think it makes it a better win if we can regain the Ryder Cup with Tiger Woods on it."

The Americans have not tasted Ryder Cup success on British or Irish soil for 16 years.

But Europe captain Montgomerie knows Woods has the potential to heavily influence the outcome of the 38th Ryder Cup when it is contested in Wales in October 2010.

"It will be difficult enough to try to regain the Ryder Cup without Tiger Woods, never mind if he is back to his top form and winning five points out of five," added Montgomerie.

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"It makes our job even tougher, so we have to counteract that by playing as well as we can against him and also the other 11 players on that team.

Ryder Cup veteran Montgomerie knows many of his prospective team will familiarise themselves with Celtic Manor by playing in next summer's Wales Open.

"It goes without saying that in the Wales Open, if I have one of my European potentials or probables or possibles - or whatever you call them to win by a few shots here (Celtic Manor) does them no harm at all," he added.

Montgomerie also revealed he would like Welsh representation - either in his team or among the all-important support staff.

"If I don't have a Welsh representative on the course playing, I would like to have some sort of Welsh help in the background," he stated.

"I think it is good for everybody; the fact that, what, 65-70% of the spectators here will be Welsh.

"It's only right that I would encourage some of the backroom staff, if you like, to be of that nationality."

Europe's crushing 16.5-11.5 defeat in America last year meant an uneasy ride for captain Nick Faldo, prompting claims that he did not enjoy the same rapport with his players as previous European captains such as Ian Woosnam and Bernhard Langer.

Montgomerie, though, believes there will be no issues next year.

"I think one of the reasons I was asked to become Ryder Cup captain was because I was still in a playing capacity," he added.

"Nick had not played for a number of years really fully on the tour, and was over in the States in a commentating position and I think found it more difficult, therefore to communicate with the team on a day-to-day basis than I would be able to do playing with the team around.

It is a driver's course, this. If you get out of position on the tee, then you are playing defensive for your second shots

Colin Montgomerie

"I am off tomorrow morning to Portugal to play in the Portuguese Masters, and that is another area where I will be looking at potential players that will be here in a year's time that Nick didn't have the advantage of doing."

Montgomerie and his USA counterpart Corey Pavin linked up at Celtic Manor on Monday for a nine-hole challenge match in the company of radio presenter Chris Evans, a 15-handicapper, and Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel, who plays off 12.

Pavin was greeted by glorious weather more suited to mid-summer than early autumn.

Watched by a gallery of around 200 invited guests, sponsors and media - Ruud Gullit and Gareth Edwards were among the onlookers - the quartet played holes one to five, 14, 16, 17 and 18 on the specific Ryder Cup-designed Twenty Ten Course.

"The course was in great condition," said Montgomerie. "It is a driver's course, this. If you get out of position on the tee, then you are playing defensive for your second shots.

"There is a lot of water around and a lot of tight pin positions.

"If you are out of position off the tee, you will find it very difficult to be as aggressive as you want to be - because it's a matchplay tournament. It goes back to driving the ball straight."

Pavin said: "It's a very straightforward golf course - difficult, but it is right in front of you. I think it is a very fair test of golf - there are no tricks out there.

"I thought the greens were fantastic - and I am sure a year from now they are going to be beautiful."



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