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Colin Montgomerie would welcome invite to be Ryder Cup vice-captain

Last Updated: 19/09/13 2:54pm

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Winning 2010 Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie discusses Paul McGinley's captaincy of the 2014 event.

Colin Montgomerie has revealed that he would be happy to be one of Paul McGinley's vice-captains for next year's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

The 2010 captain admitted he would love the chance to do everything he can to help Europe retain the trophy against the United States in his home country.

The 50-year-old took a break from coaching schoolchildren in Glasgow as part of Sky's Living For Sport to speak to Sky Sports News about his hopes for the contest next Autumn.

"I'd do anything to help the European cause at Gleneagles. It's my home and I would do anything to help encourage the European team and help retain the Ryder Cup."
Colin Montgomerie

"I just hope that Europe have the same success as the last two times in 2010 and 2012 - in that I mean winning the Ryder Cup," said the Scot.

"It's one thing to be captain at the Ryder Cup, the next thing for Paul McGinley to do is actually retain the Ryder Cup.

"He's got stiff opposition against Tom Watson's great American set-up that's going to come over and compete in a year's time, and we wish Paul and the European team all success.

"I can't give him any words of wisdom, he doesn't know already. He's been vice-captain under me, Nick Faldo and also Jose Maria Olazabal last time, so he's got great experience and the whole of Europe wish him well."

Asked if he would accept an invitation to join McGinley's backroom team, Montgomerie replied: "Of course I would, I'd do anything to help the European cause at Gleneagles. It's my home and I would do anything to help encourage the European team and help retain the Ryder Cup.

"It's going to be tough, there's no question. It's got closer and closer and let's just hope that Europe can come out on top again in a year's time."

Core strength

Montgomerie also believes that McGinley will already have a strong idea of the team he wants at Gleneagles.

He added: "I think he's got his core strength, his top six or seven that will be in the team one way or another, whether he has to pick them or not.

"The next four or five are the ones that are going to change, they're the flexible ones and the ones who are going to make or break his team.

"He's got to get that strength, but the qualifying process now is very strong and very competitive and he'll have the best 12 players in Europe to compete for the Ryder Cup."

The eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner also believes it is important to have at least one player from Scotland competing on home soil.

"There's always a concern," he said. "I didn't have any Welsh players at Celtic Manor and it was a pity. You do need some home players with the likes of Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie of course.

"There's a number of Scottish players coming through that will knock on the door and let's hope that door opens for at least one of them so we can have some home support to cheer for."

Montgomerie recently claimed his maiden European Senior Tour title with victory in the Senior Masters at Woburn, and he hopes the win will give him confidence in the Senior majors next year.

"I'd love to win a major whether it be senior or otherwise," he said. "Winning gives you that confidence and belief again. It's been six years since I won a professional golf tournament so it's great to see I could do it again at Woburn.

"Hopefully I can take that forward. There's four majors in American and one here in Britain and I'd love to win a major on the senior tour.

"It's tough, believe me. The standard of gold among over-50s around the world is increasing all the time, and it's as much pressure out there as it used to be on the main tour, so I look forward to the challenge of it."

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