15 Jul 2009

Lyle apologises for calling Montgomerie a cheat

5:42 pm on 15 July 2009

The two time major winner Sandy Lyle has apologised for suggesting Colin Montgomerie "cheated" in a tournament four years ago although Europe's 2010 Ryder Cup captain called the apology "strange".

Lyle made the claims in the Daily Mirror newspaper, referring to an incident at the 2005 Indonesian Open when television replays indicated his fellow Scot had incorrectly replaced his ball after an overnight weather delay.

After seeing video footage of the episode, Montgomerie agreed he had made an innocent mistake and decided to give his prize money to the Tsunami Appeal.

Montgomerie's labelled the apology as "rather strange" and admits its disturbed in preparation for the Open.