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Lyle labels Monty a cheat

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Interesting start to Open week with Sandy Lyle having a pop at Monty and dragging up Jakartagate from four years ago.

In case you haven't seen/heard, Lyle is still a tad upset at missing out on the Ryder Cup captaincy and has had a pop at Monty.

He was responding to suggestions that he had been overlooked for the captaincy because he walked off after 10 holes of last year's Open at Birkdale.

He said that what Monty had done at the Indonesian Open (appearing to take an incorrect drop in a bunker after a rain delay) was far worse than walking off at Birkdale with sore knuckles.

Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher says Lyle is bitter and needs to get over it.

You can read more here: news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/gol...

What's your reaction to Lyle's astonishing outburst? He certainly doesn't appear to be doing himself any favours if he wants to take on the captaincy at a future event.

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posted Jul 16, 2009

I was only kidding, belowtheburn. I don't come on the golfing boards to often but I'm always amused at how feisty it gets in comparison to the football boards which I frequent...well frequently. (On the ball,City!)

I'm typing this at my office on Bay and Wellesley. All the best indeed and enjoy the open.

As for Sandy - he just needs to put a sock in it methinks.

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posted Jul 16, 2009

"God forbid that Sandy Lyle should continue to make factually ...."


Lyle exhibiting all the sorts of foot in mouth qualities that will deny him any chances of leadership. The Ryder Cup is a team game – Lyle is on the outside peeing in.

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posted Jul 16, 2009

Lyle sounds bitter and twisted. I hope he fades away from the golfing scene for good. There's no place for this type of behaviour, regardless of reputation.>grr<

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posted Jul 16, 2009

The question which no-one seems to be addressing is exactly how large is Monty's manager? If Monty can hide behind him, this bloke's got to be absolutely enormous.

I'm not sure what Sandy's up to, but I'm beginning to get the impression there's a lot going on that we haven't heard about.

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posted Jul 16, 2009

Monty is clearly a pompous git and I doubt many people actually like him. Sandy is probably just sick and tired of having to pretend to like monty and sadly for him this frustration has spilled over in the media.

Even after all this who would rather have a meal with or share a pint or two with?

For me it's Sandy by a mile, he seems a likeable guy unlike the quite frankly grumpy and most likely unfriendly monty.

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posted Jul 16, 2009

The irony in all this supposed controvery is that Lyle has been factually correct in his statements to date.

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posted Jul 16, 2009

mclarenm23 – I’d have to agree with you on all those points, including the pint. When Monty gives Lyle faint praise about his chances of becoming captain;

“Sandy's time is around now and he hasn't done it before so you'd have to put him as favourite" its transparent that he doesn’t think he’s up to it.

Unfortunately it’s not what you say in public but how you say it. Monty’s quote is a world apart from Lyle’s off hand remarks.

Ultimately who is the more likely to captain the winning Euro team?

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posted Jul 16, 2009

Everyone including Lyle knew that his chance had gone by now. He's vented his frustration at obvious injustice, once or twice in a long career.

Monty behaves badly week in, week out. He is the only Scottish golfer that Scots want to see losing. The guy is a RC captain liability and was always going to be. For some reason, he's in favour with the Sunningdale/Wentworth clique and the committee. He's still a huge liability. And it's all on film for the Americans who'll love hating him.

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posted Jul 17, 2009

"Even after all this who would rather have a meal with or share a pint or two with?"

If you fancy a meal with one of them you'd better take a crossword or something to pass the time. Monty, on the other hand, is very pleasant company off the course.

Who is more likely to lead a winning team? Given his track record - leadership on the course in the Ryder Cup, leadership of the GB&I team in the Seve Trophy, his commitment and loyalty to the European Tour, one would have to go with Monty.

Sandy has a record of adjusting the playing characteristics of his club during a round - and complaining when he was (quite rightly) reported for it.

(Rightly reported because if a player fails to report a transgression, s/he becomes complicit and is equally liable to penalty.

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