Monty likes what he sees

Colin Montgomerie is ‘very pleased’ with the way things are shaping up ahead of this year’s Ryder Cup.

European captain Colin Montgomerie says he is ‘very pleased’ with the way things are ‘shaping up’ ahead of this year’s Ryder Cup.

The Scot’s greatest priority right now is to build a European team strong and spirited enough to win back at Celtic Manor in September the trophy they lost to the USA in Kentucky in 2008.

There is still a long way to go before he needs to add his three wild card picks to the nine top automatic qualifiers for his 12-man team, but Monty is extremely happy with the way things have been going so far.

“Everyone knows any Ryder Cup team has to possess that crucial blend of practised experience and talented youth and we have both of those elements at the moment,” he says on his official website this week.

“I am pleased that the wealth of exciting young talent we have in the European game at the present time in the shape of players such as Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher, Alex Noren and the Molinari brothers, who have already staked their claim.”

He added: “At the same time I am delighted that the likes of Ryder Cup veterans such as Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington have made decent starts and therefore don’t have to play too much of a catch up later in the year.”