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Sports round up

By Steven Speirs

Europe have regained the Ryder Cup from the USA after a dramatic last match victory today at Celtic Manor, Wales.

Due to poor weather on the opening day, the final day singles matches had to be played on a Monday for the first time in the events 83 year history. There was no less enthusiasm from the 35,000 strong crowd who roared Europe on to victory.

US Open champion Graeme McDowell defeated Hunter Mahan 3&1 to secure the final point for Europe, giving them a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory. Captain Colin Montgomerie, one of the most popular players in Ryder Cup history, was too nervous to watch as McDowell hit a chip shot onto the 17th greeen that helped seal the victory and what is perhaps the finest hour of Monty’s career.

Montgomerie, 48, has won a record 8 European order of merit titles, and is involved in golf course design, designing several courses, including the Rowallan Castle golf Course. Niall Campbell, managing director of Rowallan Castle, expects the course to benefit from Monty’s triumph, saying “there’s already been a lot of interest in the course [before the Ryder Cup] and even a couple of journalists from the states have been in contact to learn about the course”.

In Football, Hearts are expected to be handed out a punishment from the Scottish Premier League after assistant referee William Conquer was struck by a missile thrown from the main stand at Tynecastle. The SPL are waiting to receive the match report from referee Willie McDougall before deciding what type of punishment the club will receive.

Meanwhile, the Scotland national team have received a boost after it was revealed that Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has pulled out of the Spain squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Scotland and Lithuania.

The Commonwealth games are underway today, with the England team already having won two silver medals in Swimming and Gymnastics. Scotland have yet to win a medal, however the women’s hockey team team earned a surprise draw with host nation India.

Sport News

The fit-again Craig Gordon and Gary Caldwell are among a number of changes to Craig Levein’s Scotland squad for the crucial European Championship Qualifying double header against Czech Republic and Spain.

Despite recovering from a broken arm sustained in pre-season Sunderland’s Craig Gordon will act as back-up to the impressive Allan McGregor, Levein has all but confirmed. Gary Caldwell looks likely to take part in at least one of the two games even though he has only played in Wigan reserve games.

While James McFadden and Paul Hartley are excluded through injury, Middlesbrough’s Kris Boyd has been left out because of his poor form for Gordon Strachan’s struggling side. As expected, Queens Park Rangers striker Jamie Mackie, who leads the Championship’s goal charts with eight goals in nine games, has been given his first call-up after qualifying for Scotland through his grandfather.

Celtic’s Shaun Maloney and Barnsley’s left-back, James McEveley, also return to the squad.

Dundee were plunged into further crisis after their players failed to receive their wages yesterday heightening the threat of administration.

With a tax bill of £325,000 hanging over their head the club have called in financial expert Blair Nimmo, who shut down Airdrieonians when they hit money troubles, for advice. On behalf of the club Nimmo has been working with the taxman trying to do a deal where the debt will be settled in one lump sum.

Controversial Director Calum Melville has pledged £100,000 to the debt while local businesses will provide £75,000. However the club also owe £1.6m to Melville, Bob Brannan and John Bennett in soft loans.

The club hope to pay the staffs wages next week.

For the first time in Ryder Cup history the event is set for a Monday finish after the play in Wales was suspended with barely five holes played.

Non-stop heavy rain left the course with a large number of waterlogged areas. Play started at 7.45am but conditions did not improve which forced play to be suspended at 9.43am.

Europe Captain, Colin Montgomerie, believed anything later than a 1.45pm start would result in a Monday finish. It looks even more likely once officials announced there would not be an announcement on the re-start of play until 2pm.

Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were first out against Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson and led by two after five holes. In the other three matches Europe led two while USA were leading in one.

Rugby Legend Advising Monty on Winning Golf’s Greatest Prize

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Gavin Hastings and Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie at the start of the West Highland Way

By David Henderson

Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has enlisted the help of a rugby legend to  give Europe the edge over America in golf’s biggest event.

Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings is advising Monty on how to turn individuals into succesful team players. Montomerie takes charge of Europe at Celtic Manor in Wales next year.

Hastings warns Montgomerie that a team sport is a whole different ball game from his comfort zone in the solo sport of gold. Hastings told Edinburgh Napier News: “I’ve been a friend of Colin for years and I’m in no doubt he has what it takes to be a leader of men – and a succesful one. The Ryder Cup is unique in golf in that it is a team event. Monty is used to being a solo performer, used only to worrying about his own game. As captain, he needs consider the needs of the entire team”. 

Gavin Hastings saw how to deal with the needs of a multi-national group of sports starts when captain of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in 1993.  He’s cautioning Monty that he’ll have to manage egos to get results: “As captain of the Lions, I had to juggle my own needs with those of the rest of the squad. You need to manage the team as a group but also break it down and ensure that each individual is catered for correctly. Different players need different managerial techniques, sportsmen are all individuals. It’s about preparations and morale as much as it is about sporting form. I think that I can really help him and he seems to want to learn from my experience.”

The former Scotland captain is with the Ryder Cup captain on a fundraising walk for the  Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, the cancer charity formed by the golfer after his mother died of the disease in 1991. The sports stars were joined by Scotland football manager George Burley on their trek along the West Highland Way which aims to raise £100, 000 for the charity.