CARDIFF (AFP) Europe team captain Colin Montgomerie said Monday he expected this weeks Ryder Cup against the United States to go all the way to one of the final singles matches on Sunday. Montgomerie, speaking at Cardiff Airport where the United States team touched down on Monday ahead of the latest Ryder Cup, which takes place at the nearby Celtic Manor course in Newport, south Wales, from Friday to Sunday, told reporters: These matches will be very, very closely contested. I think it will come down to a Sunday putt, and thats the beauty of this Ryder Cup, the Scot added ahead of the 38th edition of a competition traditionally held once every two years. He added he was delighted golf great Tiger Woods would be competing despite the Americans well publicised problems in his private life. Ive always said that Tiger is the best player in the world, and in my opinion the best player that has ever played the game, Montgomerie said. I am delighted to see Tiger here, added the European captain, whose own private life has been the subject of media scrutiny. We welcome with open arms. It is the first time he will have played golf in Wales as a professional, and we just look forward to seeing him play. Wildcard pick Woods has a poor Ryder Cup record. In five previous appearances has only featured on a winning American team once, at Brookline in 1999, and in 24 matches he has a losing record winning nine, losing 13 and halving two. But Montgomerie said: A lot has been written about Tigers performances in the Ryder Cup. Its just that it is poorer than of course his individual record, which is extreme. We look forward to seeing how Tiger is going to be playing and who he is going to be playing with, and seeing how we can counteract that, I suppose. The United States hold the trophy after a 16.5 points to 11.5 points win at the Valhalla course in Kentucky in 2008 and their captain, Corey Pavin, said: There has been a lot of preparation and a lot of work put into it. We are very prepared and ready to go - we are all very excited for a great week. Montgomerie added: Its been two years now since we were both selected as captains. Now it is upon us here, and we look forward to getting on the course tomorrow morning. Both captains are set to announce their pairings for Fridays opening fourballs on Thursday and Pavin said: I have thought about the pairings a lot and I have a pretty good idea what direction I would like to go.