Montgomerie Looks To Write Another Ryder Cup Chapter
Steven Franklin, Press Officer
24 September 2006
European talisman Colin Montgomerie gets the final day singles under way at The K Club with a repeat of his famous match with David Toms two years ago.
On that magical afternoon at Oakland Hills, Montgomerie holed from four feet on the 18th green to beat former Major champion Toms by a hole and secure the winning point for the European Team.
The pair will lock horns again today - this time in the first match out at 11.15am – and each of them will be keen to make an early statement of intent to inspire those who will follow.
Next on to the first tee is another European who undoubtedly thrives on the uniquely passionate atmosphere of The Ryder Cup, Sergio Garcia. The thrusting young Spaniard was a thorn in the Americans side over the first two days, winning all four of his matches.
If he can manage to overcome Stewart Cink in the 11.27am match, Garcia will go down in history as the first European player to win a five-point maximum under the present format of The Ryder Cup.
Cink, however, as proved to be a tough competitor and his return of one and a half points represents a quarter of the USA total from the first two days.
World Number One Tiger Woods and Number Three Jim Furyk, who between them have won two points so far, will lead the Star Stripes challenge in the fourth and third matches respectively.
Furyk has the task of trying to quell the undefeated Paul Casey, a three-time winner on The 2006 European Tour International Schedule and a man who is arguably in the best form of his career. Casey has already ensured that his performances this week will be remembered for a long time to come after yesterday’s hole-in-hole at the Palmer Course’s par three 14th, a shot that closed out a 5 & 4 foursomes win for Casey and David Howell against Cink and Zach Johnson.
Then, at 11.51am, European rookie Robert Karlsson will go head-to-head with Woods, who, unfortunately for the Swede, started to show signs of finding his ‘A Game’ in yesterday afternoon’s foursomes win over Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley.
Chad Campbell and Luke Donald will then reprise their singles match at Oakland Hills, which the American won 5 & 3.
The middle two matches, which could decide the destination of Samuel Ryder’s trophy providing Europe bring in some early points, features a pair of local favourites in Irishmen Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke.
McGinley takes on rookie JJ Henry, who has been one of the Tom Lehman’s star performers so far, while Clarke plays another debutant in Zach Johnson.
Padraig Harrington, the third Irishman in Ian Woosnam's team, will bring up the rear in the anchor match against Scott Verplank.
The other singles matches are as follows: 12.39pm Vaughn Taylor v Henrik Stenson; 12.51pm Brett Wetterich v David Howell; 13.03pm Phil Mickelson v José Maria Olazábal; 13.15pm Chris DiMarco v Lee Westwood; 13.27pm Scott Verplank v Padraig Harrington.
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