Cheer up, Monty.
The Ryder Cup’s only 10 weeks away and your team's likely to be heavily favored.
The photos of Colin Montgomerie walking over the Swilcan Bridge Sunday at St. Andrews in what may be his final British Open were classic. His shoulders were slumped and his head was down. He looked like a school boy on his way to the principal's office.
There was no stopping to kiss the Swilcan Bridge the way Tom Watson did. Montgomerie didn’t even pause to wave or acknowledge what was likely his final walk over that bridge in an Open in his native Scotland.
“That’s for the winners of this world,” Montgomerie told reporters after finishing tied for 68th. “I was thinking of walking on the plank that runs alongside it. That seemed more appropriate.”
Walking the plank? That seems to be where the Europeans are steering the Americans in this run up to the Ryder Cup.
As the European Ryder Cup captain, Montgomerie had to like the looks of the British Open leaderboard at Sunday’s end. Four of the top-five finishers were European, all of them likely European Ryder Cup members when the matches are played at Celtic Manor in Wales Oct. 1-3.
Europeans finished 1-2 at the U.S. Open with Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell winning and France’s Gregory Havret finishing runner up. It was part of a run where Europeans won four of five PGA Tour events this summer.
For so long, Americans seemed to want the underdog role going to the Ryder Cup. They earned that distinction the last couple times the event's been played, but they've never looked more deserving of the role than they do right now.