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Ryder Cup rivals to learn their fate

It is likely that that Colin Montgomerie will captain the Europe team at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and Jose-Maria Olazabal will be handed the role at Medinah in 2012.

Most associated with the European Tour are satisfied this is the best compromise. But that’s just what it is — a compromise.

Both men had expressed their desire to play next time and, if they had stuck to their guns on that, it was almost a given that Olazabal would be in charge in Chicago in 2012, Montgomerie would lead Europe on home soil at Gleneagles in 2014 and 2010 might have gone to either Sandy Lyle or Ian Woosnam.

When the players' committee got down to the business of deciding who takes over from Nick Faldo they were the two who emerged as the favourites.

Montgomerie's age is what has brought him to this point. He would be 51 in five years' time and the mood appears to be to go for a younger man at the helm.

The strategy is similar to what happened in 2004 when Ian Woosnam was appointed for the K-Club in 2006, a move that left Nick Faldo out in the cold. But he was then handed the captaincy for 2008 and that seemed to keep everybody happy.


January 27, 2009

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