Lyle labels Monty a 'drama queen'

Sandy Lyle tonight reignited his feud with Colin Montgomerie, accusing the Ryder Cup captain of being a “drama queen hiding behind his manager”.

Sandy Lyle tonight reignited his feud with Colin Montgomerie, accusing the Ryder Cup captain of being a “drama queen hiding behind his manager”.

Earlier this week, Lyle brought up the “cheating” controversy surrounding Montgomerie four years ago in Indonesia.

The 51-year-old apologised for jeopardising Montgomerie’s Open preparation, but did not withdraw his comment that what the Scot did in Jakarta – incorrectly replacing his ball after a weather delay – was “a form of what you would call cheating”.

Montgomerie found Lyle’s apology “very strange” and the pair have not spoken since, a situation which looks set to continue after Lyle’s latest comments.

“We ought to bring an end to it. I would never have tried to jeopardise his preparations for the Open, that was never my intention,” Lyle told Radio Five Live.

“He should see that too, he has had enough experience with the press as well. He should be a man about it and we will get together and sort it out over a couple of pints.

“Colin is Colin. We do sometimes call him a bit of a drama queen. You have got to get around to it and stop hiding behind your manager and come out and have a talk.”

After completing an opening round of 71, Montgomerie had spoken to his manager behind the 18th green before declining to talk to waiting reporters.

Speaking after an opening 75 at Turnberry, Lyle had earlier admitted – with a real gift for understatement – that his chances of being named vice-captain by Montgomerie for Celtic Manor next year were “in jeopardy”.

“He’s not made any attempt (to contact me) and I don’t have his phone number. I did have it but it’s wiped off now,” Lyle said.

“I can’t even leave a message. He’s got to come around himself and we’ve got to get together at some stage.

“It puts my vice-captaincy for the Ryder Cup in jeopardy, very much so, and that’s rather annoying in some ways but I just have to face in the music. He might come to grips with it as time goes on but obviously we need to talk.”

Asked about his chances of being vice-captain, Lyle added: “About as (good) as me hitting a 500-yard drive right now I think.”

Lyle insisted the row with Montgomerie was not to blame for his round, which he started with double bogeys at the second and third.

“My main priority was to try and stay out of the rough and I didn’t achieve it and I paid the penalty,” the former Open champion explained.

“The second hole was sickening after a good tee shot, right in the middle of the fairway with an eight iron in my hand and I pulled it just left of the pin. It hit the green and went down into the grass and I made six.

“I was hacking away down the next hole as well, in the rough on the right and couldn’t get onto the fairway from there. Four shots gone in the first three holes, just a nightmare.”

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