Ryder Cup 2018 team ‘could be Europe’s strongest’ says Montgomerie

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Europe could field its strongest-ever Ryder Cup team this year, says former captain Colin Montgomerie.

 

The Scot, who captained the continent to victory in 2010, made the suggestion after three European victories on various tours last weekend.

Tommy Fleetwood triumphed in Abu Dhabi, Jon Rahm won the PGA Tour’s Career Builder Challenge and Sergio Garcia was victorious in Singapore.

Under the leadership of Thomas Bjorn, Europe will be bidding to regain the trophy from the United States in September at Le Golf National, in France, after their 2016 defeat at Hazeltine.

 

This could be the strongest ever team and it’s got to be.”

 

Colin Montgomerie

“Darren Clarke didn’t have that luck really in his 12 for Hazeltine, the way his team worked out,” Montgomerie told BBC Sport.

“Suddenly you’ve got three guys that have appeared from nowhere on the world stage: Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood – and Paul Casey, thank goodness, has joined the European Tour again.

 

“That’s four guys, a third of Thomas Bjorn’s team, who have come from nowhere on to a world stage and that’s great for European golf. You add that into a number of guys that are just right behind that level and European golf is in a very, very strong place.

“Sergio Garcia’s win at the Masters, his win last week in Singapore, Jon Rahm in America, European golf is on a bit of a high right now and we must continue that through the year.”

 

Montgomerie played in eight Ryder Cups, never losing a singles match. He was part of the teams that won the 2004 and 2006 matches with record breaking nine point winning margins.

“I always felt that the Ryder Cup team of 2006 was the strongest that we could ever put out and we have to be as strong, if not stronger, to beat the might of America come September,” Montgomerie stated.

 

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