8 Jul 2010

European captain claims Ryder Cup favouritism

11:57 am on 8 July 2010

Captain Colin Montgomerie believes Europe will start as favourites in golf's Ryder Cup this year after some outstanding British performances in the United States.

Graeme McDowell won the US Open, Justin Rose has won twice in three weeks on the PGA tour while Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy have also recorded victories.

However, on the eve of the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, Montgomerie says the status of favourites for the match against the United States in October in Wales, brought its own problems.

In 2008 at Valhalla, Kentucky, Europe also went into the match as favourites but eventually lost by five points.