Montgomerie wants Europe to adjust its Ryder Cup selection process

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Colin Montgomerie doesn't want to return as Europe's captain, but said he would be open to serving as an assistant in the future.
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Published: Monday, October 11, 2010 | 7:03 p.m.

Colin Montgomerie plans to recommend that Europe’s Ryder Cup selection process be changed for the 2012 event after having to leave Paul Casey and Justin Rose off his team.

Montgomerie captained Europe to victory over the United States at Celtic Manor in Wales earlier this month. But even though he was given three wild-card choices at his own request when previous captains had only two, he would like to see further modifications.

"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."

Montgomerie is on the European Tour’s Tournament Committee, which will appoint the captain for Medinah in 2012 and decide how the team should be assembled. The committee will meet next month to review the 2010 Ryder Cup.

Montgomerie also was very clear that he doesn’t want to serve as captain again. But he says he’s 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, Montgomerie is widely expected to be succeeded by Jose Maria Olazabal.

"I wouldn't hesitate if he asked me to be an assistant, I would be honored," said Montgomerie. "As I would for any captain in the future."

Montgomerie also believes that Gleneagles -- venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup -- has a tough act to follow after Celtic Manor's "seven stars" performance as hosts.

Montgomerie lives just five miles away from Gleneagles in central Scotland, and is likely to be involved in some capacity.

"There was a big party down from Gleneagles at Celtic Manor to see how this was done and I tell you what, they've got a job to do to beat this one," he said. "This was a showcase for European golf and it was a showcase for Wales, too.

"The standard of everything has risen to seven stars now, and we can look forward to a great summer of sport in Scotland in 2014 with the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow a few months before it."

By the time 2014 comes around, Montgomerie hopes that any thoughts of staging another Ryder Cup in Europe during early October will have long since evaporated. Some 13 hours of play were lost at Celtic Manor because of heavy rain, meaning Monday action for the first time in the event's 83-year history.

"Probably that was the last Ryder Cup to be played in Europe in October. It's a wee bit late," he added. "The FedEx (Cup) series in America was against us that way, but we will have to try. We've got four years to work out a date for Gleneagles.

"To finish on a Monday wasn't great, but it ended up brilliantly,” he said. "I think we should aim to finish on a Sunday, which we tried to do by changing the format. I hoped it wouldn't deflect from the history and the way the Ryder Cup is played, and it didn't. As long as we played for 28 points, it was okay. I wasn't having anything to do with anything less than 28 points."