COLIN MONTGOMERRY AND HIS EUROPEAN TEAM WANT PLACE IN RECORD BOOKS

The beauty of the Ryder Cup is the purity of an event contested for glory alone – untarnished by the individual greed of the modern sportsman.

In an age where sporting giants can typically earn grotesque sums of money for being mediocre, the sight of the cream of golf giving everything for nothing is something to savour.

It is sport as it used to be before money corrupted everything.

There is no event that generates more passion than this gladiatorial clash of the golfing greats. And there is no finer spectacle in the world of competitive sport.

No one embodies the spirit of the Ryder Cup better than Europe team captain Colin Montgomerry, whose previous exploits against USA as a player are the stuff of legend.

We all know the world’s golfers make a fortune playing their sport during the rest of the year and there is a lot of money at stake for the game and associated businesses when the Ryder Cup comes to town.

But it’s great for the fans from both sides who can support their team knowing it’s all about the glory.

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