Truth & Rumors: Monty says Ryder Cup ‘lesser event’ without Woods

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie said he hopes Tiger Woods plays for Team USA in the Ryder Cup in Wales this fall because Woods’s absence would hurt the event’s stature, according to Peter Higgs of The Daily Mail (UK).

"I would love to see Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup," said Montgomerie. "It would be a much lesser event if he wasn't playing. He probably won't be in the top eight qualifying places going into their last qualifying event. "But he could pull it out of the bag, play well at the US PGA and make the top eight. I wish him well and my gut feeling is that he will be at the Ryder Cup."
Montgomerie, who has had his own marriage problems this year, also addressed speculation that he might resign as Team Europe captain over personal issues.
Speaking at Celtic Manor, the venue for the event in October, the 47-year-old eight-time Order of Merit winner said: "I don't know where that might have come from. I've no idea. It's the greatest honour that can be bestowed on any European golfer and I've loved every minute of being captain and of having the opportunity to captain a winning team. I think that people who say these things are completely out of bounds. There is no way that I have ever thought of doing anything like that."
PGA Championship at Whistling Straits might not repeat 2004 success While the PGA Championship and the dramatic Whistling Straits course in Haven, Wis., appear to be a perfect match, organizers aren't counting on a repeat of the more than 300,000 attendance and $76 million economic boost of the 2004 PGA at Whistling Straits, according to Josh Lintereur of The Sheboygan Press.
The 2004 PGA Championship pumped an estimated $76 million into the state economy and attendance surpassed 300,000 over the course of the week.
However, PGA officials say they're not using the 2004 event as a benchmark when it comes to attendance. "The 2004 championship was in a stratosphere by itself," [PGA Championship director Barry] Deach said. "Whistling Straits was an unknown venue, there was a lot of mystery about it in the golf world. You take (into account) novelty and the economy, and it's going to be different." The PGA won't disclose attendance until after the tournament is over, but officials say ticket sales were very strong in recent weeks.
Sabbatical for Sergio Lost in all the Tiger talk is Sergio Garcia’s startling announcement that he’ll be taking two months off after the PGA Championship.
"It's been a long year," he told gathered reporters. "I haven't had a nice, long break my whole career."
The 30-year-old said he will not return until the Castellon Masters in his native Spain, effectively ruling himself out of the Ryder Cup in Wales.
Garcia, who is well outside the automatic spots, said he had told European captain Colin Montgomerie.
"I've talked to him -- he knows what I'm planning to do.
"I need the break," Garcia added
"I need to miss the game a little bit." Only a top three finish in the final major of the season in Wisconsin would leave Garcia in a qualifying place on the Ryder Cup points list.
Garcia, of course, has been a Ryder Cup star, compiling a 14-6-4 record, and the heart and soul of Team Europe. He was also No. 2 in the world and arguably the third-most important player in the game after Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. A Ryder Cup without a healthy Garcia and Woods would have been unthinkable even a year ago. Now it looks likely. Strange days indeed.Stray Shots Some stuff we saw while hoping Phil and Tiger re-enact the Laverne and Shirley opening credits for the PGA Championship telecast ... The New York Daily News reports that Vice President Joe Biden hit balls at the Southampton Country Club during his Hamptons vacation. “Biden, we hear, has something in common with Famous Ray's Pizza - they both do slices. And the source says, the vice president spent a lot of his tee time ‘complaining.’” Show CBS Sports Nick Faldo announcer any situation, and Sir Nick can give you the applicable Phil Collins song. Via the While Seated blog. The Boston Herald reports that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played golf with team owner Bob Kraft on Cape Cod on Sunday, possibly discussing Brady’s next contract. No word on whether Kraft played in a blue shirt with a white collar.

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