Saturday 20 January 2018

Vice-captains show why they're on the sidelines

EUROPEAN skipper Colin Montgomerie and a couple of his vice-captains couldn't resist picking up a club and playing a shot as Ryder Cup practice opened on the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor.

Sergio Garcia nearly hit Martin Kaymer with a chip from beside the 15th green -- the US PGA champion saw it out of the corner of his eye and managed to take evasive action.

Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn and Monty himself had a go off the tee at the 211-yard par-three 17th and the captain admitted: "Not one of us hit the green ... and that's why we're not playing."

Interestingly, the Scot revealed that Garcia actually asked if he could be a vice-captain at Celtic Manor if he failed to make the European team.

The conversation took place at St Andrews during the British Open, Monty explained, adding: "Sergio said, 'I'd like to be part of this somehow if I'm not able to be on the team and not able to be selected by you'. It's fantastic a 30-year-old can do that. He's one of the youngest vice-captains ever and one of the first current players ever to be vice-captain."

  • ANY players who embark on a go-slow at the Ryder Cup risk being penalised a hole.

The captains have agreed that 60 seconds will be allowed over every shot in the fourballs and foursomes on Friday and Saturday ... and three bad times will bring a loss-of-hole punishment.

The normal time limit at European Tour events is 50 seconds for the first player in a group to hit and 40 seconds for the others.

Tour chief referee John Paramor said: "The extra time is because it gives each side a chance to confer."

Irish Independent

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