It is a quaint old Scottish saying, European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie reveals in the first edition of "The Captain's Blog."
"Basically what it means," Montgomerie writes, "is that it is important to consider all the little elements which go together to make up the big goal you are trying to achieve."
What he is trying to achieve, of course, is a victory over the U.S. in the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. Toward that end, Montgomerie has identified a potential liability: the doors to the team room at Celtic Manor.
"You couldn't see who was on the other side," Montgomerie concluded. "Now while that might not seem a big problem, imagine you are coming back off the golf course and are just about to put your hand on the handle to pull the door open when one of your team-mates comes barging out of the room from the other side. Bang! The door smashes into your hand and that is your Ryder Cup finished right there and then. Twelve months of sweat and toil to get into the Team taken away in an instant."
Montgomerie has suggested allowing the doors to open only one way or putting glass panels in them.
It's going to be a long 13 months.
-- John Strege