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Colin Montgomerie stakes claim for 2010 Ryder Cup captaincy

Colin Montgomerie appeared to stake his claim to be named Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain on Friday after previously ruling himself out of contention for the 2010 event against the United States.

“I will let you know if the job has been offered to me or not on Wednesday (Jan. 28). At this stage, I know as much as any one,” Montgomerie told reporters after completing his second round at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

The eight times European number one had previously given his backing to fellow Scot Sandy Lyle, the 1985 British Open and 1988 U.S. Masters champion who is one of the frontrunners for the job in Wales next year as Europe look to reclaim the trophy they lost to the United States in September.

The European Tour’s tournament committee had been set to announce its decision during the Abu Dhabi event but is expected to appoint a captain at a meeting in Dubai on Jan. 28.

“I would love to help the European cause in any way, shape or form. I would have loved to help the European cause in 2008, but I wasn’t given the opportunity,” said Montgomerie, who missed out on a wildcard for last year’s match in Kentucky, ending his run of eight successive Ryder Cup campaigns.

Montgomerie was speaking after firing a second round 67 at the Abu Dhabi Championship to be on 5-under-par, six shots behind the clubhouse lead.


January 17, 2009

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