NEWPORT, Wales – You have to be impressed with Colin Montgomerie’s attention to detail. Just a few months into the job and the 2010 European Ryder cup captain has his eye on every last, little facet.
Monty has asked for a change to the team room doors for the 2010 match here at Celtic Manor, for fear that someone might suffer an injury entering the dressing room.
“We are lucky that everything there (Celtic Manor) is purposely built for the Ryder Cup, including the team rooms which can be entered and exited by two big wooden doors,” Montgomerie wrote in his ‘Captain’s Blog’ on the Ryder Cup website.
“Although they were beautiful, as I was standing there looking at them something didn’t feel right and it suddenly dawned on me – you couldn’t see who was on the other side.
“Imagine you are coming back off the golf course and are just about to put your hand on the handle to pull the door open when one of your teammates comes barging out of the room from the other side.
“Bang! The door smashed into your hand and that is your Ryder Cup finished right there and then. Twelve months of sweat and toil to get into the team taken away from you in an instant.”
That’s when Captain Pedantic sprang into action. He has asked officials to alter the doors to guard against someone suffering a hand injury, because it seems Ryder Cup players are in the habit of barging in and out of team rooms!