Golf

Monty lavishes praise on Tiger

2010-09-27 17:05
Colin Montgomerie welcomes Tiger Woods (AFP)

Newport - Europe captain Colin Montgomerie lavished praise on Tiger Woods here on Monday as the golf superstar arrived with his US team-mates ahead of this week's Ryder Cup clash.

Montgomerie hailed Woods as the best golfer "that has ever played the game" after the Americans touched down in Wales on a chartered jet ahead to begin the defence of their title at Celtic Manor.

"I've always said that Tiger is the best player in the world and the best player, in my opinion, that has ever played the game," Montgomerie said.

"I am delighted to see Tiger here. We welcome him with open arms. It is the first time he will have played golf in Wales as a professional, and we just looking forward to seeing him play."

Montgomerie's gushing praise of Woods was in contrast to comments over the weekend, when he named US duo Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker as the two members of the American team he would most like to have in European ranks.

Montgomerie said Woods - who has struggled with his game after returning from a lay-off after problems in his private life - was "not himself."

However Montgomerie was effusive in his assessment of Woods on Monday after he had greeted the superstar and his team-mates on the airport tarmac.

And he defended Woods' record in the Ryder Cup, which has rarely been a happy hunting ground for the world number one.

"A lot has been written about Tiger's performances in the Ryder Cup, it's just that it is poorer than his individual record, which is extreme," Montgomerie said later.

"We look forward to seeing how Tiger is going to be playing and who he is going to be playing with, and see how we can counteract that, I suppose."

The opening fourballs begin at Celtic Manor on Friday.

Read more on:    ryder cup  |  colin montgomerie  |  tiger woods
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Thirty and still single? There’s hope!

Are you thirty and still single, without even a hint of a prospect on the horizon? Then read this!

 
 

Men24.com

SA’s Playboy Playmate of the year in action!
12 lies everyone accepts as fact
Hottie of the day: Charlotte
Breakup text goes viral and it’s hilarious!
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.