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Saturday 21 October 2017

Magic Manor has thrown down gauntlet to Gleneagles: Monty

COLIN MONTGOMERIE believes Gleneagles -- venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup -- has a tough act to follow after Celtic Manor's "seven stars" performance as hosts.

Europe's victorious captain lives just five miles away from the Scottish course and is likely to be involved in some capacity.

"There was a big party down from Gleneagles at Celtic Manor to see how this was done and I tell you what, they've got a job to do to beat this one," he said. "This was a showcase for European golf and it was a showcase for Wales, too.

"The standard of everything has risen to seven stars now, and we can look forward to a great summer of sport in Scotland in 2014 with the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow a few months before it."

By the time 2014 comes around, Montgomerie hopes that any thoughts of staging another Ryder Cup in Europe during early October will have long since evaporated.

Some 13 hours of play were lost at Celtic Manor because of heavy rain, meaning Monday action for the first time in the event's 83-year history.



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"Probably that was the last Ryder Cup to be played in Europe in October, it's a wee bit late," he added.

"The FedEx (Cup) series in America was against us that way, but we will have to try. We've got four years to work out a date for Gleneagles.

"To finish on a Monday wasn't great, but it ended up brilliantly.

"I think we should aim to finish on a Sunday, which we tried to do by changing the format. I hoped it wouldn't deflect from the history and the way the Ryder Cup is played, and it didn't.

"We got eight foursomes in, eight fourballs in and 12 singles in. As long as we played for 28 points, it was okay. I wasn't having anything to do with anything less than 28 points."

The next Ryder Cup takes place at Medinah Country Club, Chicago in late September 2012.

Jose Maria Olazabal is expected to succeed Montgomerie as European captain.

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