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Montgomerie tells Torrance to stand down

Hero of Europe's Ryder Cup victory at the Belfry on Sunday Colin Montgomerie feels that captain Sam Torrance should stand down while he is on top, ahead of December's announcement of the new European captain.

Torrance's brilliant captaincy of the team was much admired, and the 49-year old Scot may be tempted to continue leading the team for a second term as a result.

But Monty, top points scorer for Europe at the Belfry, sees no reason to do so.
"What is he doing it for?" Monty asked at a press conference before the Dunhill Links Championships.

"To try to emulate that feeling? Well, I don't think that he can.

"There are very few sportsmen who can get out while at the top.

"Sam is at the top right now. I would feel that, along with a number of players, Sam should take the opportunity to leave at the top.

"But there is no rush for that at this stage as I think the captain is not announced until December.

"He obviously has the backing of us all. It is up to him."

Monty has made no secret of the fact that he would like to captain the Europeans at some stage, but still hopes he can fulfill a players role at Oakland Hills in two years time.

"It is common knowledge that I would like to captain the team at some point in the future," added Monty.

"And I would endeavour to do as good a job as Sam Torrance did."

Montgomerie admired the way that Torrance, with the tweams tied at 8-8 going into Sunday's singles, loaded the top half of the draw with Europe's trump cards.

The ploy was successful, and Europe ran away with five singles wins to just two from the Americans, administering a shock whipping on Curtis Strange's usually superior singles players.

"What Sam did on Saturday night with his draw was a risk and you don't get big rewards in life unless you risk something," said Monty.

"If the first six or seven games didn't go as he wanted, we wouldn't have won the Ryder Cup.

"But fortune favours the brave and he was brave and fortunate."

Ireland's Paul McGinley, whose 10-foot putt on the 18th hole sealed the Cup for Europe, is planning his own tribute to Torrance.

"A friend of mine back in Ireland is a jeweller and he's going to mount it (the ball) and put it in a nice case and engrave the players' names in silver around the golf ball," McGinley said.

"We are then going to present it to Sam on behalf of the team.

"It's the least we can do. I'd love to keep it myself, but I think he is deserving of it.

"It will be just a little 'thank you' from the players back to Sam. I'm sure he'll cherish it."


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