Monday, October 4, 2010

Montgomerie quits after Cup triumph

Graeme McDowell

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Colin Montgomerie confirmed he will not captain Europe again after his side beat the United States 14½-13½ at Celtic Manor to win back the Ryder Cup.

"I will not be doing this again," said the Scot, 47. "I think it's only right that it should be shared around."

"We have a number of fantastic vice-captains, plus [Jose Maria] Olazabal, and one of those five, I'm sure will be your next Ryder Cup captain," he added.

Olazabal is favourite to skipper Europe in Medinah, Chicago in 2012.

Montgomerie appointed Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn and Sergio Garcia as his vice-captains at Celtic Manor, while Spaniard Olazabal added as a vice-captain on Friday.

And while there has been much speculation Olazabal could take over the reins from Montgomerie, McGinley is expected to lead Europe at Gleneagles in 2014.


No captain has retained the job since Bernard Gallacher, who lost twice before leading Europe to victory at Oak Hill in 1995.

Since then Seve Ballesteros, Mark James, Sam Torrance, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo have all captained Europe once before stepping aside, regardless of the result.

"I felt out of control all week as a captain," Montgomerie continued. "It is very difficult to play every shot over the radio. I played every shot in every match, that's why this is a one-time hit."

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However, Dane Bjorn, the chairman of the European Tour's tournament committee - the body that will decide the next Ryder Cup skipper - suggested last Friday that Montgomerie might be asked to stay on.

"We have a lot of potential captains coming along, but you could have a captain who fits the bill perfectly and we listen to our players," stated Bjorn.

"I'll listen to this team when it's all done and all settled down just to get a feedback from them - and so will all the guys on the committee."

But, Montgomerie told reporters after Europe won back the Ryder Cup at the first attempt:"I'm delighted Europe have won this trophy and I can tell you I won't be doing this again."

A key reason Montgomerie was appointed in the first place was because he was still active on the European Tour, while two-time major winner Olazabal appeared in only one event this season because of his continuing battle against rheumatism.

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