Monty critical of “worst” draw

Colin Montgomerie has criticised the draw for the first two rounds of the US Open that got underway this morning – describing it as the “worst draw” he had ever seen for a major.

World number one and two Luke Donald and Lee Westwood were grouped together along with Martin Kaymer, who occupies the world number three spot, for the first two rounds at the Congressional in Maryland.

The trio got underway on Thursday with all three going in search of their first win at the US Open, while the Molinari brothers and Italian youngster Matteo Manassero are all in another goup.

Spaniards Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sergio Garcia and Alvaro Quiros are also in one group, with Montgomerie angered by the perceived lack of thought put into the draw.

“Draws, we know, aren’t a draw. Usually, what happens is the top 30 players in the world are drawn together,” he told Sky Sports.

“So you get 10 groups of three and they’re usually drawn together – but not one-two-three. The two brothers playing together with Manassero – that’s just poor, that’s just lack of thought.

“And then you’ve got the three Spaniards playing together, you’ve got a clothes (fashion) group – Rickie Fowler playing with (Ian) Poulter.

“It’s the worst draw that I’ve ever, ever come across in my time in major championships. I’ve played in 60 of them and I think it’s the worst draw I’ve ever come across. The USGA have tried a little bit too hard and they’ve outdone themselves.” He added.

The former Ryder Cup captain also believed the draw would harm the chances of a European taking the title and become the second winner of the US Open in forty years after Graeme McDowell ended the drought last year.

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