Golf War: Monty rounds on Poulter in Ryder Cup wild card row
As Ryder Cup fever sweeps the golf world competition for the European Team wildcard places has led to two of the top players having a verbal set-to that would see them being accused of ungentlemanly conduct had it occured during play. That there is such a fervour amongst European players to get into the team to play against rival team USA can only bode well for the Europeans as there are some reports that in the recent past some USA players have made themselves unavailable for this golf clash of the titans. Whoever gets that final wild card place is in the hands of European Team leader Nick Faldo and no matter which way he goes it seems he's going to lose at least one friend.
Never mind squeaky bum time, this is squawking gob time. As the race to make the Ryder Cup reaches its critical stage, two of the players in the frame to be named as Nick Faldo's wild cards here on Sunday evening are involved in a verbal skirmish that reveals just how tense this run-in has become. So much for all that legendary European camaraderie.
If they were in the schoolyard, Colin Montgomerie and Ian Poulter would probably have their heads banged together (or at least their sponsored visors). A petty squabble has descended into the bitterly personal and has overshadowed the Johnnie Walker Championship where six Ryder Cup rookies were trying their damnedest to qualify by right. For the record, Justin Rose and Soren Hansen, at two-under and four-under respectively, have had their positions all but confirmed, while England's Oliver Wilson is tantalisingly close after Martin Kaymer missed the cut.