Monty happy to assist new captain
06 Oct 2010 - 18:31:31
Having dropped from 135th to 425th in the world during his term as Ryder Cup captain, it should come as no surprise that Colin Montgomerie does not want to do the job again.
But Montgomerie, who returns to being a player in the Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns on Thursday, is prepared to help out any of the people who follow him into the position.
Adamant that nothing would make him lead Europe again after the nail-biting one-point win in Wales on Monday, Montgomerie is expected to be succeeded by Jose Maria Olazabal. "I wouldn't hesitate if he asked me to be an assistant, I would be honoured," said the Scot. "As I would for any captain in the future."
As a member of the players' committee Montgomerie, who still clings to the hope that he could play in the match again as a player, will have a say in who takes over.
And he will also be part of the discussions on how to avoid a repeat of the situation where he left out world number nine Paul Casey and double US Tour winner Justin Rose, who was ranked 22nd at the time and two years ago stood sixth.
"I should not have had to leave out top-10 players, they should be on the team," he added. "That was the worst day of my professional career."
Possible changes are likely to come up at the next committee meeting in Portugal next week.