Former European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has called on organisers of the competition to increase crowd control measures and clamp down on bad behaviour by fans in this year’s edition in Chicago.
Two years ago at Celtic Manor in Wales the crowd invaded the 17th green after Graeme McDowell holed the putt that secured his win over Hunter Mahan and Europe’s victory over America.
“The policing and marshalling throughout the week were absolutely terrific, but, like it or not, things were within a whisker of going badly wrong at the match’s end,” Montgomerie said.
“I am talking about the crazed goings-on that occurred on the 17th green. I think we have to learn from this and perhaps adopt more of a football-style approach, whereby stewards circle the green as the end approaches to ensure things do not spill over.
“I am not trying to be a killjoy in saying that. The crowd all week had been incredible and those final moments were wonderful.
“The raw emotion and happiness that erupted will stay with me for ever but, as bedlam ensued, it became impossible for me to seek out Graeme and shake his hand before going straight from him to Hunter Mahan and from Hunter to (American captain) Corey Pavin.
“In the spirit of the game, I think I should have been able to do that and should have been seen to be doing that.”
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