‘Too Many Mistakes Were Made’ - Montgomerie Bemoans Europe Ryder Cup Beating

Montgomerie feels that something needs to be done before the Europeans and Americans face off in Rome in 2023

Harrington and Montgomerie
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After Europe were put to the sword in a 19-9 defeat at the 2020 Ryder Cup, the 2010 captain, Colin Montgomerie, feels that more could have been done to avoid the record loss.

Speaking to the BBC at the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic, the eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner opened up on the mistakes that led to the brutal defeat, suggesting that possibly the best 12 players weren’t on the team and that Harrington didn’t pick the best pairings.

“Last year, too many mistakes were made. Yes, the US played well, but Europe didn’t play to their potential for the first time in my memory and we have to do that to have a chance in Rome. It was a heavy and poor defeat. We need to have a bit of a rethink about how we pick the team and how we get our top 12 playing.

"Were our top 12 playing in that Ryder Cup? Possibly not. Were they playing in the right groups? Possibly not. Would it have changed the result? Possibly not. But it wouldn’t have been a record defeat and that was a shame, so we’ve got to get that back on track in a hurry.

Montgomerie holds the Ryder Cup

Montgomerie captained the European side to victory in 2010.

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After the battering, thoughts and attention turn to Rome in 2023, with the 58-year-old worried that if something isn't done, then the US will rule the Ryder Cup for many years to come. Who does Monty think is the man to take over the European captaincy? Well, along with several other Ryder Cup stars, the Scotsman believes that Luke Donald is the man for the job.

“The safe pair of hands is Luke", said Montgomerie. "The safe pair of hands is safer than another risk. We don’t need another risk at this time because if we lose in Rome I don’t fancy our chances in New York at Bethpage Black (in 2025).

"The crowd are going to be unruly and that’s only because a New York crowd is loud and unruly. We’ve got to get a result in Rome or we might lose three in a row.

"We need to have a bit of a rethink about how we pick the team and how we get our top 12 playing. We need to find another Viktor Hovland and another Jon Rahm, and quickly."

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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