Sandy Lyle upset over Ryder Cup captaincy snub

Sandy Lyle says he feels let down by the European tour after missing out on the captaincy for the next Ryder Cup. Lyle cannot understand why he has been overlooked and is frustrated by the appointment of Colin Montgomerie to lead the European team at Celtic Manor in 2010.

“I’ve not been as far forward at self-promoting as some players we know can be,” said Lyle, “I’m still mystified why they haven’t pin-pointed any sort of qualities I’m lacking. I’d like to know.”

“I think George O’Grady probably could’ve supported me a bit more and made them realise how much I had done behind the scenes in supporting the European Tour for what they have now, which is a world tour. I would’ve given it a damn good shot and have some respect from the players.”

While being careful not to direct his anger at Montgomerie, Lyle could not resist having a dig at his rival, saying; “Monty’s got a lot of work. I think he didn’t realise how much commitment was involved to be the Ryder Cup captain. He has always been a player in the Ryder Cup, so it’s a whole new ball game for him now and the microscope will be on him all the time and I hope he chooses well.”

Lyle is tipped to succeed Montgomerie as Ryder Cup captain in 2012.

The British weather affects the British Open

The British Open Championship has started today at The Royal Birkdale Golf Club Links Course in Lancashire, and the winter-like weather is causing havoc!

Wind and driving rain has already claimed its first victim. Former Open winner, Sandy Lyle decided to stop playing on the 9th hole, already a whopping 11 over, blaming the conditions stopping him being able to gain any momentum and suggesting it was impossible to play as he wears glasses.

Padraig Harrington, who has had eye surgery so as to stop wearing glasses, is playing okay and with no concerns with his wrist injury that had threatened to stop Harrington defending the title he won last year at Carnoustie in a playoff against this years’ favourite, Sergio Garcia.

The weather really is affecting the Open and golf betting is being altered as a result.

The conditions are atrocious on what is already a difficult course to play. There’s no sign of the latest colourful fashions and styles which I enjoy as much as the golf itself. Nothing but waterproofs and umbrellas.

As I type, K J Choi is the only competitor to be under par.