Montgomerie unveils partners to players


Ryder Cup

CHAMBOURCY, France – European captain Colin Montgomerie said on Wednesday he has already told his players who their partners will be in the opening series of matches in the Ryder Cup.

Montgomerie would not reveal his pairings for the fourballs and foursomes, but he said he has decided to use all 12 members of his team on the opening day.

“I know who is going to be on that first tee on Friday,” Montgomerie said. “Barring, of course, accident or illness or a complete lack of comfort by a player with that position.

“And the players know already. It’s important to let the players know earlier than not. There’s no point in me keeping secrets.

“I go against the form of telling the team two hours beforehand whether they are in or not. I have let them know so that they can prepare accordingly.”

At Brookline in 1999, Europe captain Mark James left three rookies on the bench until the final day singles when the United States came from 10-6 behind to claim victory.

Montgomerie said he is keen for every player to have a taste of the action on the first day at Celtic Manor in Wales.

“Barring accident all 12 players will play on the first day,” he said. “And I have spoken to them all either on the phone or by text. They are all absolutely up and raring to go.”

Montgomerie will make his pairings public the night before the first day of the event, but he did give two broad hints at the way he is thinking.

“The Molinaris (Francesco and Edoardo) will play a match together. I don’t think that was a difficult decision,” he said. “And it’s likely Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will play a match together.”

The United States begins the defense of its title on Oct. 1.