Scotland (Reuters) – Colin Montgomerie may be in a trough of despair about his own game but he is thrilled at the form of his Ryder Cup players in this week’s 150th anniversary British Open.
“Things couldn’t be going much better when you look at that leaderboard with (Paul) Casey, (Lee) Westwood, (Martin) Kaymer and (Henrik) Stenson on it,” Europe’s captain told reporters after a closing 73 gave him a four-over total of 292.
“They are all up there doing me proud. I don’t want to have to waste (wildcard) picks on world stars like Casey for instance and he can seal his place today.
“Casey and Stenson aren’t currently in the team so they’ve got to battle hard. Kaymer can seal his spot today and Westwood’s number one (on the points list).”
Looking ahead to the biennial clash with United States in Wales in October, Montgomerie said he had an embarrassment of riches with Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Edoardo Molinari also in the top-20 of the world rankings.
“I can pick two teams that can beat each other on any given day,” said the eight-times European order of merit winner.
“That’s the strength and depth of European golf especially this year. In any form of business, and this is one, if standards rise the competition has to follow suit, which is great for me.”
Not so great for Montgomerie is his own form on the fairways and greens.
The 47-year-old Scot has not won for three years and this season he has missed five cuts in 12 starts on the European Tour.
“It’s just not happening on the golf course right now,” said Montgomerie. “I’m not firing on all cylinders at all.
“I need to be firing on all eight if I’m to contend and I’m not doing that unfortunately.”
(Editing by Miles Evans)