Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Graeme McDowell: Colin Montgomerie better than Nick Faldo

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell has fired a broadside at Europe’s last Ryder Cup captain, Sir Nick Faldo by claiming that the mood in the camp is already infinitely better under this year’s skipper, Colin Montgomerie.

Europe lost their crown to the USA two years ago in Valhalla with Faldo coming under fierce criticism for, among other aspects, his lack of motivational ability, when the chips were down

In yesterday’s Belfast Telegraph, Faldo took a swipe at Montgomerie for showing his hand too early in selecting his opening partnerships over a week before the even begins.

But McDowell has come out in support of his captain by revealing that the Scot has taken on board the mistakes made by Faldo and set about fixing them.

“The spark was missing in the teamroom (in Valhalla) — we just didn’t have that X-factor,” he said

“(Montgomerie) is an extremely organised and articulate guy and he is leaving nothing to chance, putting in huge efforts over the simple things,” added the Portrush man.

“It feels a lot more organised this time around.

“He looked at what happened two years ago and looked to see where he could improve.”

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