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December 20, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Monty fears Euro stars moving to PGA Tour could weaken Ryder Cup team

Posted at 12:33 PM by Samantha Glover | Categories: Colin Montgomerie, Truth & Rumors

Colin Montgomerie captained the victorious 2010 European Ryder Cup Team. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Former European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie fears that the trend of European stars like Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood moving to Florida to play the PGA Tour will hurt the next Ryder Cup team, according to the Daily Mail's Mark Garrod.

As European golfers play more events on the PGA Tour, and fewer European events, the players become less familiar with European Ryder Cup venues, according to the report.

'It's very difficult and we have to sit down and try to address this.

'Sponsorship is getting harder and the first thing a sponsor asks is "who's playing?". He wants as many Ryder Cup players as possible.

'It's important for the future of European golf.'

'We need to get our team to Gleneagles. We have to have that advantage,' the Scot said. 'In 1997 our biggest advantage was Valderrama. The Americans had three days to prepare, we had 10 years.'

Paul Lawrie and Francesco Molinari are the only two members from the 2012 European Ryder Cup team who will not be members of the PGA Tour in 2013.

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