Faldo: 'Montgomerie chose pairings too early'
Saturday 25 September 2010
Sir Nick Faldo may be the much-maligned former Europe captain, but that has not stopped him from criticising the first moves of his successor. Colin Montgomerie, he says, has acted too rashly in telling his players the partnerships for Friday morning's opening fourballs.
"It was too early to decide on the pairings because you never know what is going to happen in practice in the build-up to the competition," said Faldo. "As a captain you have to be open to change."
Many might be baffled by Faldo's comments, seeing as on the second morning of practice two years ago he was pictured by photographers with his pairings written down. He insisted that was just the "sandwich list" but in the event the same four foursomes were clobbered 3-1 in the opening session. So whether Monty will be much bothered by his doubts is dubious.
Yesterday Montgomerie was at Celtic Manor walking the course with the director of golf, Jim McKenzie. A group of his players including Ross Fisher and Francesco Molinari have been familiarising themselves with the layout these past few days and more are expected there today before the Americans arrive on Monday lunchtime.
However, Padraig Harrington will not be an early arrival as he tries to recover from a second-round 74 which left him off the pace at the Vivendi Cup.
Latest in Sport
Mayweather-Pacquiao: Ricky Hatton, Mike Tyson, Ronda Rousey and more make their predictions
Frank Lampard's face drops when Holly Willoughby introduces him as a 'Man City legend'
How Liverpool can catch Manchester United and still qualify for the Champions League
Kyle Walker video: Tottenham defender categorically denies 'disgusting' rumours on Facebook
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
- 1 Avengers: Age of Ultron: Nearly 700 German cinemas refuse to show movie
- 2 Donald Trump decides that Baltimore riots are Barack Obama's fault
- 3 X Factor in crisis as numbers of people auditioning plummets
- 4 General Election 2015: Stephen Hawking says he will vote Labour
- 5 Baltimore riots: Furious mother marches her son home live on TV
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Phantom of the Opera writer mocked after issuing a warning about Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon
General election 2015: Labour will toughen hate crimes legislation surrounding Islamophobia