Fisher hails Montgomerie for building team spirit


Ryder Cup

NEWPORT, Wales – Ross Fisher nominated the family atmosphere that captain Colin Montgomerie has created in the European team room as the potentially decisive factor in the Ryder Cup.

After months of meticulous planning, Montgomerie has not given rookie Ryder Cup players like Fisher time to dwell on the pressure they will face when the event gets under way at Celtic Manor on Friday.

Instead, Europe’s 12-man team has been relaxing by playing football computer games, taking part in a quiz and being entertained by a magician before attempting to regain the trophy won by the United States two years ago at Valhalla in Kentucky.

“We are here as Europe, we are a team, and we are going to win this trophy back as a team,” Fisher said Wednesday. “I think we have just got a great bunch of guys. I think we have got a great balance. We have guys that are really coming into form. I think everyone on our team is playing really, really good golf. It’s just a real relaxed family atmosphere in the team room.

“We have had some great team talks in the evenings, but we have also had stuff to take our minds off of it. Obviously, we are here to do business and we are here to try and regain the trophy back. And I genuinely believe the atmosphere in the team room can help us do that.”

Fisher showed his strength in head-to-head golf when he beat Anthony Kim in the final of last year’s Volvo World Matchplay Championship in Spain, and the Englishman feels he has also benefited from another of Montgomerie’s initiatives.

Fisher has sought advice on how to handle his Ryder Cup debut from Darren Clarke, one of the Montgomerie’s four vice captains.

“Darren said just try and treat it like any other tournament,” Fisher said. “Obviously it’s going to be very, very special but the main thing he said was to go out there and let your golf do the talking and just have fun.

“That is what I always try to do on the golf course. I have always tried to go out there, have fun, play to the best of my capabilities, and try to put a show on for the crowds. That’s especially important this week with the home crowd and trying to get their support behind the European team.”