On Tuesday in Wentworth, England, Colin Montgomerie announced who would be helping him out in Wales at the 2010 Ryder Cup.
Monty, the captain of the European team, was happy to bring aboard Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley, three veterans of this event, to help him out as vice captains for the October 1-3 matches.
While the picks weren't that surprising (Clarke might have been the only one that got people to raise an eyebrow), the funny snub was that of Nick Faldo. Sure, Faldo wasn't on the short list to be a vice captain, seeing as though he was a captain in the last Ryder Cup, but he had announced publicly that he wanted to give Montgomerie advice on what to do.
Monty, not necessarily the best at sharing the spotlight, hasn't answered any of the Faldo calls, and I'm assuming doesn't want to take advice from a guy that got the worst American beatdown since 1981.
The addition of Clarke, Bjorn and McGinley seemed to be smart, safe adds for Colin. Bjorn was an assistant in 2004, and has played on two winning Cup teams. McGinley made the winning putt for the Europeans in 2002, and Clarke was absolutely inspirational in 2006, when he won three points for the European team just after his wife, Heather, had passed away from a battle with cancer.
For some reason, I have a feeling that this Ryder Cup will be one full of emotions. Maybe it's the dynamic that the European team is the heavy, heavy favorite, or the continued roller-coaster ride that is the life of Tiger Woods, or just the fact that Monty is given a spotlight and will be expected to act accordingly.
No matter, it's great that the announcement of the vice captains brings about some controversy.
(Also, how beat up do those four guys look in that picture? Did they run to this press conference?)