“This is what should happen and hopefully will happen. It is for our PGAs and tours to get together and see if it is feasible. Let’s hope we can use it as a positive message because if the Ryder Cup is cancelled or postponed, you are allowing these terrorists to win,” said Montgomerie.
His words stand in stark contrast to US team member Mark Calcavecchia who yesterday called for the event to be postponed. He said: “We are due to fly out on Sunday week and my guess is that it’s too soon after this tragedy. We are all devastated. We were due to have dinner with the president before setting off but that is not going to happen now. I think you can forget about the Ryder Cup for a few months at least.”
Stewart Cink agreed with the sentiments of his American team mate, saying: “I feel a lot less safe about flying to England than I did 24 hours ago.”
British Open champion David Duval admitted he could not bring himself to fly to England. He said: “It’s not so much the matches that concern me, it’s the travelling. Will I be prepared to fly? I honestly don’t know. I don’t have the answers, I don’t think any of us do right now.”
But Montgomerie added that the US players should have the biggest influence on the possible staging of the Ryder Cup. “If the American players decide to come over there will be an almost unreal atmosphere at the Belfry. People would not know who to support. There is understandably so much sympathy for them that spectators would almost be rooting for a draw in every match.”