29 Jan 2009

Montgomerie to lead Europe Ryder Cup golf team

6:07 am on 29 January 2009

Colin Montgomerie has been named as captain of the Europe golf team for the 2010 Ryder Cup at Wales' Celtic Manor.

The 45-year-old, an eight-time Ryder Cup veteran, was one of two leading contenders for the role along with 2008 vice-captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

Montgomerie, who was said to be keen to take on the role for the 2014 event in his native Scotland, suggested he would like Olazabal to be part of his support staff.

The Glasgow-born golfer ruled out any prospect of being a playing skipper next year, however, he did add that if he continues to play he would fight for a place in the 2012 team.

The eight-time winner of the European Order of Merit will go up against Corey Pavin, who in December was named as the United States captain for the 2010 event.

In his eight Ryder Cups as a player Montgomerie helped Europe to victory on five occasions.

He has never lost a singles match and has a match record of 20 wins, nine draws and seven losses - giving him a total points score of 23.5, only 1.5 points behind the all-time record held by Nick Faldo.

Despite the impressive statistics, Montgomerie was not one of 2008 captain Faldo's wildcards for the Valhalla showdown, which Europe lost.