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Colin Montgomerie in retirement hint

Colin Montgomerie’s heroics in helping Europe win the 34th Ryder Cup at the Belfry last month seems to have changed his life, calmed him down and even caused him to give thought to "calling it a day".

The once smoldering human volcano, always sensitive about his one-time tag of being the world’s best golfer never to have won a major, has admitted that he is almost ready to retire graciously

"I would like to win and then go," the 39-year-old Scot told the Sunday Times this weekend.

"I could do it, you know. I could win one of the bigger European Tour events and call it a day. At least, I'd like to think I could.

"Very few players get better in their forties; very few.

"If I can stay in the top 15 in the world, or even get back into the top 10, I'd be thrilled."

Montgomerie, a seven-time European No 1 in the 1990s, was beaten by Ernie Els in the second round of this week's Cisco World Match Play, but he is still on a high and still smiling after winning four-and-a-half points from a possible five in the Ryder Cup.

"People say that it was my major," he said, “and they could be right.

"Put it this way, I wouldn't feel any better about myself if I had won a major than I did on that Sunday night.

"I couldn't have felt any better for myself, the crowd, the team or for Sam (Torrance). I can't ever beat that feeling."

Montgomerie’s next chance to win one of the bigger European Tour events will come in two weeks' time when he plays in the Volvo Masters in Spain.

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