Colin Montgomerie might have had a change of mind about leading the European Ryder Cup team in 2014.
Montgomerie, who led Europe to victory in Wales last October versus the United States, said he was no longer interested in doing the job, but indicated he would be prepared to do just that in the next few years.
The perfect choice of Montgomerie for the role in Gleneagles, Scotland in 2014 was suggested to Reuters by former US Masters champion Sandy Lyle.
“I don’t know where Sandy is coming from but that’s just his own opinion, I suppose,” Montgomerie said on the eve of the Andalucian Open, part of the Race to Dubai.
“But whether or not I am captain in 2014 depends on how things go in 2012 and what the committee’s feeling are.
“I am just there to support the Tour, as I’ve always said,” Montgomerie added.
“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.”
Lyle early this week indicated the possibility of Montgomerie returning as captain for 2014 saying “I wouldn’t be surprised if Colin gets invited back. He knows the course, the surrounding area, what’s needed there and what’s not needed.”
“I think he would be the man to choose unless someone like Darren Clarke or Paul McGinley feels he is next in line.”