Monday 19 February 2018

Montgomerie resigned to Monday finish

Colin Montgomerie with Ian Poulter. Photo: Getty Images
Colin Montgomerie with Ian Poulter. Photo: Getty Images

European captain Colin Montgomerie has already resigned himself to the Ryder Cup being extended into Monday for the first time in its 83-year history.

Heavy rain forced play to be suspended at 9:45am on the opening morning at Celtic Manor, with the home side ahead in three of the four fourball matches but with many parts of the Twenty Ten course under water.

And it took until late in the afternoon until tournament officials were able to announce that play would resume at 5pm, a delay of seven and a quarter hours.

"I don't think we have any more rain left and it might even brighten up considerably," European Tour chief referee John Paramor said.

However, earlier in the day Montgomerie had said play would need to restart at 1:45pm to allow the contest to finish as scheduled on Sunday evening, but even as he spoke it was announced that a decision on a possible resumption had been put back to 2pm at the earliest.

"We have to start at 1:45pm because that would be four hours lost and we can make up the four hours on Sunday morning," Montgomerie had been in the process of explaining.

"If we don't start at 1:45 we are not finishing on Sunday. That's the way it's looking right now."

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