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Colin Montgomerie favourite for 2010 Ryder Cup

The double appointment of Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo means the next Ryder Cup captain to be decided will be for the match in Wales in 2010.

A lot can happen in the four years between now and when that announcement is made, but speculation has already begun into who will make the perfect leader at Newport's Celtic Manor.

And, never far from the sporting action, leading Welsh bookmaker Jack Brown has opened the book on Europe's 2010 skipper.

Colin Montgomerie has been installed as the 5-2 favourite to take the helm in South Wales and it is difficult to argue with the credentials of the seven-time European No 1 - or the timing for the Scot.

Montgomerie has already played on seven Ryder Cup teams and his status as Europe's on-course leader was cemented when he holed the winning putt at Oakland Hills in September.

He could well play in the next two matches (as a wild card if not an automatic choice) but, by 2010, will be 47 and ready to fulfil his ambition of skippering the side.

Those who fancy a flutter could do worse than follow the prediction of Wales' last Ryder Cup captain Brian Huggett who, four years ago, correctly tipped the succession of Langer, Woosnam and Faldo and opted for Montgomerie for Celtic Manor.

A model statesman if not always a crowd favourite, Monty is better suited to a match on home soil because of his well-documented run-ins with American galleries which Europe will not want to deflect from the team goal in 2012.

Sandy Lyle is a somewhat surprising 3-1 second favourite given he has not played in a Ryder Cup since 1987, while Faldo and Woosnam have not been ruled out of taking charge for a second time.

Faldo may be given the opportunity to defend the trophy and Woosie would be a popular choice to regain the captaincy when the match comes to Wales.

Odds: Colin Montgomerie 5-2, Sandy Lyle 3-1, Nick Faldo 7-2, Joakim Haeggman 6-1, Ian Woosnam, Thomas Bjorn 8-1, Phil Price 10-1, Miguel Angel Jimenez 12-1, Jose Maria Olazabal 25-1, Barry Lane 50-1.

 

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