Sometimes I wonder if the Ryder Cup participants and the media have some kind of pact to generate news when there really isn’t any. The latest spats from the European camp are as follows:
Sandy Lyle has been complaining that he has been snubbed since Monty was confirmed as captain. In a recent interview Lyle said-
“I haven’t spoken to Colin or had any response at all from him since got he got the captaincy,” said the 51-year-old after his practice round yesterday. “Monty now doesn’t live too far from me in Scotland, and I’ve left messages on his phone and he just hasn’t returned any of my calls. That’s very disappointing.
“You know, it was pretty much a ‘below-the-belt’ type punch when I didn’t get the captaincy. It just seemed a little unusual Colin should be appointed captain as it seemed to me a forgone conclusion that I would win it. I just couldn’t think of any nasty reasons why that wouldn’t happen.”
Jose Maria Olazabal also threw the cat among the pigeons when he announced that he has NOT agreed to be a Ryder Cup 2010 Vice-Captain. This is a little embarrassing for Monty who had already publicized the “fact” that Olazabal would be vice-captain.
Ian Woosnam then decided to pitch in and criticize Monty for making the announcement…
All a bit of a storm in a tea cup really, but not very encouraging in terms of team spirit for Ryder Cup 2010.