Torrance backing Monty’s captainy

Sam Torrance believes the fact Colin Montgomerie is still playing will boost Europe’s Ryder Cup chances.

Sam Torrance believes the fact that Colin Montgomerie is still a fully active member of the European Tour will make him an excellent captain which in turn will boost Europe’s chances at the next year’s Ryder Cup.
One of the criticisms of Nick Faldo’s captaincy in Valhalla last year was that he did not have as strong a bond with the players as his successful predecessors did.
The 52-year-old had not been playing regularly on the European Tour for a number of years prior to the 2008 Ryder Cup, spending the majority of his time on off-course activities.
Montgomerie, meanwhile, has played in 22 tournaments this season alone and Torrance believes his regular appearances on the Tour enables him to bond with other players as well as see first hand potential candidates for his team at Celtic Manor next year.
“”He will be a very good captain and he is still on the Tour. That is imperative I think,” he said.
“When I was captain I was still on Tour and playing with them week in, week out. You can create a bond and camaraderie with the others. Things like that are very important.”
While Torrance is confident Montgomerie will prove to be a good captain, he is unsure over his fellow Scot’s recent suggestion that he would consider Bernhard Langer as a wild-card selection.
The 52-year-old German would undoubtedly bring plenty of experience having played in 10 Ryder Cups, while he has also picked up eight victories in 40 events on the US Seniors Tour.
Montgomerie suggested last month he would not rule him out for one of his three wild card picks but Torrance admitted it is a scenario he cannot see happening.
“He would need to be playing very well,” he added.
“Who knows, he is the best senior golfer in the world, but whether he is good enough to be on the Ryder Cup team I doubt, to be honest.”