Case closedfor now


CHASKA, Minn. – The Colin Montgomerie-Sandy Lyle row seems to have been put to rest, at least as far as the two Scots are concerned.

Montgomerie met with Lyle, who is at Hazeltine National working as an analyst for SkySports television, for 15 minutes on Wednesday regarding the high-profile dispute between the two that erupted at last month’s Open Championship.

In a pre-Open Championship interview, Lyle was asked if his chances to become Europe’s Ryder Cup captain in 2010 had been hurt when he walked off Royal Birkdale during the first round of the 2008 British Open. Lyle’s response caused a stir in UK circles when he said Montgomerie’s chances weren’t harmed by an allegation of cheating during the Indonesian Open in Jakarta four years ago.

The meeting, which was suggested by the European Tour, occurred near the Hazeltine National clubhouse and seemed to clear the air between the two.

“I just managed to speak to Sandy, which was good,” Montgomerie said. “I can’t, unfortunately, say what was said, but that matter is now closed and I personally thought it was closed 4 ½ years ago. It is now, believe me.”

Lyle did not address the meeting publically.