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Montgomerie, Lyle make amends after slanging row

AFP , CHASKA, MINNESOTA

Colin Montgomerie and Sandy Lyle have settled their verbal sparring match from the British Open, with Scotland’s two best-known golfers talking and making up on Wednesday at the PGA Championship, which opened yesterday.

Lyle tossed a cheating accusation at Montgomerie, who was selected next year’s European Ryder Cup captain over Lyle, in the run-up to the major on Scottish soil last month at Turnberry.

“That matter is now closed,” Montgomerie said.

The incident in question took place in 2005, with Lyle saying Montgomerie incorrectly replaced his ball to improve his position during the Indonesian Open.

After seeing a video replay, Montgomerie felt that he might have been in the wrong and gave his prize money from the event to charity.

Lyle apologized for the timing of his remarks but not their substance. When Montgomerie refused to speak about the subject, Lyle reignited the firestorm after the opening round of the British Open by calling Monty a “drama queen.”

Montgomerie, given an entry into the PGA Championship at Hazeltine as the European Ryder Cup captain, met Lyle, serving as a television commentator, on Wednesday morning and settled the subject.

“I can’t unfortunately, say what was said, but that matter is now closed and I personally thought it was closed four-and-a-half years ago,” Montgomerie said. “It is now. Believe me.”

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