Montgomerie: LIV Golfers should NOT captain Team Europe

Colin Montgomerie believes Europeans playing on LIV Golf shouldn’t be allowed to become future Ryder Cup captains.

A host of European greats joined the LIV Golf circuit last year, and therefore put their possible future Ryder Cup captaincy at risk.

The likes of Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter currently play on the Saudi-based circuit, and have recently resigned their DP World Tour membership.

When asked if LIV Golfers should be allowed to captain, Montgomerie told Yahoo: “Well right now, it’s not feasible legally for them. They’ve got to resign the memberships now or pay a heavy fine.

“So you got to be a member of the tour to be a Ryder Cup captain. They knew the consequences of joining in the first place, they knew that this might take place depending on what went on in the courts.

“And it favoured the European Tour (DP World Tour) so it’s gone against them that way.

“They knew the consequences – money against legacy, in many ways and they chose the former and hey, good luck to them but you can’t have it both ways.

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can’t expect to do that and then lobby Ryder Cup captain this week and I’ll go to LIV the next week.

“It doesn’t work that way. You know you pay your penalties. It is a shame we’ve lost a few good captains in Henrik (Stenson), Westwood, Graeme McDowell, probably, you know, but at the same time, there’s more opportunity for others to take their place.”

This year’s Ryder Cup is set to take place in Septmber at Marco Simone G&CC, with Luke Donald the captain of Team Europe.

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