Monty Out First Tiger Out Last

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SUTTON COLDFIELD, England ' Sam Torrance stacked his line-up early, while Curtis Strange held his horses to the end.
 
European captain Torrance will have Colin Montgomerie and Sergio Garcia in his first two matches out in the Sunday singles. U.S. captain Strange will clean up with Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, the top two ranked players in the world.
 
I had two formulas for Sunday, said Strange. One was if the matches were close or we were a little (behind). And if we were ahead it would be different. But this is pretty much the way I had it.
 
With the teams tied at 8 points apiece through two days of the 34th Ryder Cup, Scott Hoch and Montgomerie will kick start the singles matches Sunday at The Belfry. Montgomerie is 3-0-1 this week.
 
The two faced each other in 1997 at Valderrama, with the match ending in a half after Europe had already clinched the Cup.
 
We actually guessed that Monty would go last. And we thought Garcia might go 11, Strange admitted, thinking that if it was close, youd have to have somebody at the end, like I have Tiger.
 
Instead, Garcia will go out second against David Toms. Garcia has earned three points for Europe this week. Toms, who went 2-1-1 while teamed with Mickelson, is a Ryder Cup rookie. Garcia lost his singles match to Jim Furyk in his first appearance in 1999.
 
Ive noticed a lot in team events that on the last day, that I really think momentum is a great thing, Torrance said. I think its important to get ahead early and just surge to the finish. That was one of my master plans. That was my reason.
 
He wants to get the spectators involved early. He wants to get the momentum early and hopefully that will feed over into the back-end of his field, the players, Strange noted.
 
In the fourth match of the day, Hal Sutton will face fellow 44-year-old Bernhard Langer.
 
The final two matches will pit Mickelson against rookie Phillip Price, and Woods against Jesper Parnevik.
 
Mickelson is 3-0-0 in his Ryder Cup singles career; Woods is 1-1-0, with a loss to Costantino Rocca in 97. He beat Andrew Coltart in the last Matches.
 
If the Ryder Cup is on the line, for any team, thats the guy you have to have go last, Strange said of Woods.
 
Theyve got one Tiger, Ive got 12 lions, Torrance said.
 
Price is a rookie, while Parnevik is 0-2-0 in singles. Both players have competed only once this week, with both losing their matches.
 
The U.S. holds a commanding 77-55 points advantage in singles since all of Europe was first included in the Ryder Cup, in 1979.
 
The Europeans have only twice out-pointed the Americans on Sunday during that stretch ' both times they won the Cup. They did so in 1995 at Oak Hill Country Club, and 10 years earlier here at The Belfry.
 
This European team ' with four rookies ' has a combined 7-10-6 singles record. The Americans ' with three first-timers ' has a record of 13-4-4.
 

Sunday Singles Matches
All times are Eastern
 
6:15 AM Scott Hoch (USA) vs. Colin Montgomerie (Scotland)
 
6:27 AM David Toms (USA) vs. Sergio Garcia (Spain)
 
6:39 AM David Duval (USA) vs. Darren Clarke (Northern Ireland)
 
6:51 AM Hal Sutton (USA) vs. Bernhard Langer (Germany)
 
7:03 AM Mark Calcavecchia (USA) vs. Padraig Harrington (Ireland)
 
7:15 AM Stewart Cink (USA) vs. Thomas Bjorn (Denmark)
 
7:27 AM Scott Verplank (USA) vs. Lee Westwood (England)
 
7:39 AM Paul Azinger (USA) vs. Niclas Fasth (Sweden)
 
7:51 AM Jim Furyk (USA) vs. Paul McGinley (Ireland)
 
8:03 AM Davis Love III (USA) vs. Pierre Fulke (Sweden)
 
8:15 AM Phil Mickelson (USA) vs. Phillip Price (Wales)
 
8:27 AM Tiger Woods (USA) vs. Jesper Parnevik (Sweden)
 
Full coverage of the 34th Ryder Cup Matches