Swede and Sour for Sad Monty

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Swede and Sour for Sad Monty


Byline: MICHAEL MCDONNELL

SKIPPER Colin Montgomerie last night faced the grim reality that his defeat in the Alfred Dunhill Cup could cost defending champions Scotland their chance of staying in the competition.

Europe's top money-winner fell victim to an astounding stroke by Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin in the crucial last match at St Andrews when it had seemed that the Scots would cruise to a workmanlike victory.

Sandelin holed a massive 100ft putt to take the lead on the 16th after looking as if he would trail. It was a cruel blow from which Monty could not recover - although he had a chance at the last when Sandelin, having driven the green, three-putted. However, Montgomerie's first putt stopped 12 feet short and his second - to force sudden death - was short too.

He finished with a 69 to Sandelin's 68 as Sweden took the match 2-1 but said afterwards: `I don't think there's any point in being despondent. We've just to look forward to the next two matches against Zimbabwe and India and win both.'

Scotland's misery was compounded by the sad fact that they produced one of the best collective scores - 11 under par - on a day of spectacular low scoring. Mark O'Meara, captain of the US squad which beat Italy 2-1, equalled the world record for successive birdies by scoring eight in a row for a 28 and produced the lowest-ever score on the outward nine. …

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