Monty Playing It Coy Over 2014 Captaincy
By Conor Nagle under Ryder Cup

2014: the return of Captain Monty?

Colin Montgomerie has said that he would be willing to return to the Ryder Cup captaincy in 2014, but only (only) is he were approached by the European Tour about doing so. Bizarrely, the Scot’s suitability for the captaincy (the event is scheduled to take place at Gleneagles, a venue with which the Montgomerie has had a long affiliation) was mooted by Sandy Lyle, with whom he had a very public falling out in the run-up to his previous candidacy.

“I don’t know where Sandy is coming from [no surprise there] but that’s just his own opinion, I suppose… But whether or not I am captain in 2014 depends on how things go in 2012 and what the committee’s feelings are.

“I am just there to support the Tour, as I’ve always said… Anyway, I am sure I will be involved because of my affiliation with Gleneagles, whatever that might be.

“But if asked again, and because of my involvement for and with the Tour over the years, I would have to accept. Only if they wanted me. But they would have to approach me. I wouldn’t be approaching them.”

Well played, Monty. He’s managed to announce his enthusiasm, while cloaking it in a pseudo-qualification about being approached by the Tour as a means of preserving his modesty. I mean, really, who was suggesting that he break out the PowerPoint slides and petition them himself?