Gallacher slams Lyle outburst
Bernard Gallacher believes Sandy Lyle was”out of order” when he accused Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie of cheating.
Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher believes Sandy Lyle was”out of order” when he accusing current captain Colin Montgomerie of cheating.
In the build up to this week’s Open at Turnberry, Lyle has raked up the ‘Jakartagate’ incident involving Montgomerie four years ago, when the former European number one incorrectly replaced his ball in a better position at the Indonesian Open.
Lyle, who was responding to suggestions that he might have been snubbed for the Ryder Cup captaincy in 2010 after walking off the course in bad weather in the first round of last year’s Open, said: “You get Monty in this situation where he was dropping the ball badly in that overseas event and that is a form of what you would call cheating.
“What Monty did was far worse (than what I did). That was going to go against Monty, you would think; that’s a case where he is breaking the rules.”
Gallacher, who captained Europe in 1991, 1993 and 1995, said: “Sandy, unfortunately, is bitter at not being given the captaincy and what he has now done is below the belt for me.
“Monty’s explanation for what happened in the Indonesian Open was accepted by a forthright committee and, at that point, everyone should have put the matter behind them.
“I am sorry to say it, but Sandy is out of order. It is very poor what he has done, especially in the week of the Open Championship, and someone really needs to give Sandy some advice.”
Lyle also hit out at Montgomerie over what he claims has been a snub over a possible role at Celtic Manor next year.
“I rang him a few times after the decision, but didn’t get a reply. Eventually I got a letter but I had the impression it was written by his manager, Guy Kinnings,” Lyle said.
“He (Monty) is a bit aloof sometimes. He disappears. Playing on the regular Tour you don’t see him much.”
Gallacher added in the Edinburgh Evening News: “Sandy’s not coming out of this very well. The reason he was not given the captaincy is that they have gone back to someone who is in touch with the players. I don’t think it is a personal thing against Sandy at all.
“This is certainly not going to do Sandy much good for the future. Some advisor or mentor needs to sit down with Sandy and tell him that he’s got to get over this.
“Sandy’s spent his whole life being a nice guy and now he’s in grave danger of spoiling it. He’s certainly spoiling it by saying things like this. People will see this as his bitterness at him not getting the captaincy.
“It’s sad because Sandy is a really nice guy and never harboured any hatred for anyone in the past that I’ve known. He’s a bit twisted on this one.”
Kinnings, said: “I’m surprised and sad if Sandy has chosen to say these things about something which was resolved so long ago.
“Monty was elected Ryder Cup captain unanimously by a committee of his peers who obviously did not share that view.”
European Tour chief executive George O’Grady was initially unavailable for comment, although when former player Gary Evans also criticised Montgomerie shortly after the incident came to light, O’Grady accused Evans of being “enormously disrespectful.”
Lyle could face sanctions from the European Tour under their regulations which state: “It is an obligation of membership to refrain from comments to the media that attack, disparage or criticise tournament sponsors or promoters, fellow competitors, the European Tour or its officials.”
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