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European Captain Colin Montgomerie with Ian Poulter (Getty Images)

Captains positive about schedule change

Europe’s Captain Colin Montgomerie welcomed the change in schedule to The 2010 Ryder Cup and is relieved a Monday finish could now be avoided.

With a seven hour 18 minute delay on the first day because of heavy rain, it looked likely that play would extend into next week, but Ryder Cup officials devised a new schedule, where Friday’s fourballs will be completed on Saturday morning. Then there will be a second session, starting at 10:45, comprising six foursomes matches, following by a third session, two fourball matches and four more foursomes.

Sunday will remain as 12 singles matches, and it means that there will still be 28 points up for grabs, and an equal number of fourballs and foursomes at eight each.

“So I'm personally quite happy with the proposed timetable,” said Montgomerie. “Monday finishes are no good in any sport. I've done playoffs in US Opens and what have you on Mondays, and it really is all over, believe me.

“I think it's only right for the officials trying to finish this particular Ryder Cup on Sunday and only right that we should at least try. So all credit to the organisation for coming up with a plan of attack, and it's great for the fans.”

Montgomerie said his Team had passed the time relaxing, playing computer games and chatting in the Twenty Ten Clubhouse, and paid tribute to the thousands of fans who stuck around in the rain waiting for play to resume.

“We are used to this, these weather delays, and we’re spoilt rotten in our team rooms and have very comfortable televisions and chairs,” he said. “Who I feel very sorry for is the spectators today.  They pay a lot of money, and unfortunately the appalling weather conditions out there today made it very tough for them.

“I hope they saw some great golf later on in the day - and of course, in the next two days to come.

“(The change) gives the opportunity for everybody to play golf, especially me in my position of where it was very difficult to get my team right down to 12, if not right down to eight, and now I don't have to.  I can leave it at 12.  Everybody plays.”

Having been up in three matches before the break, Europe were down in two, all square in one and winning another by the time bad light stopped play. Ian Poulter holed a great putt on his final hole of the day – the par three tenth – to put him and Ross Fisher back on level terms with Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

Montgomerie said: “It was very, very dark. He asked me if they could stop and I said of course he could, but then he though ‘Okay, I'll do this and give the team momentum if I hole it, and give the team momentum going into the next day’. 

“What a roar went up when that putt went in. It must have been, what, 25 feet I suppose, and a fantastic effort.  That will give us momentum we need to carry forward into a very, very busy day tomorrow.”

United States Captain Corey Pavin agreed with Montgomerie that changing the schedule was the best course of action.
“I feel like this makes it a lot easier,” he said. “As I said before, sitting four guys out is very brutal to do as a captain. It's nice now that all of the guys are going out. In many ways, it makes it easier.

“It was a tough day at the start with the weather and everybody is disappointed not being able to play both sessions today.  That's disappointing.  I think the fans were great.  They stuck around and waited for us to come back out and I was delighted that we could at least get out and play some golf.

“I’m obviously pleased with the way the US Team came back and performed this afternoon. I was very proud of the guys.”


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