I think it is fair to say that there have never been so many candidates for the European Ryder Cup captaincy. Many have been mentioned, several have been backed by the experts in the game and the majority have admitted they would be interested in the role.
The latest name to be put into the hat is Colin Montgomerie. The Scotsman wasn’t even mentioned a couple of weeks ago, but now he appears to be one of the front runners.
Colin Montgomerie has the backing of former captain Bernard Gallacher who believes that the appointment of someone with his pedigree would make good ‘business sense’ for Team Europe.
By this, Bernard Gallacher means that he will ‘pull in sponsors’ and keep the competition ‘on the front pages’ over the next couple of years. Colin Montgomerie is a very well known and popular character in Europe, after all.
This is all well and good, but what about the playing side of it? Is Colin Montgomerie the man to lead Europe to Ryder Cup success next year?
Well, according to another former captain – yes he is! Sam Torrence has admitted he was surprised that Colin Montgomerie wanted the job, but now believes that he is ‘100% the right man’ to help Europe win back the trophy.
It seems as though the players are firmly behind the idea of it being Captain Montgomerie as well. Lee Westwood – who is one of Europe’s most experienced Ryder Cup players – has described Colin Montgomerie as an ‘inspirational’ character who would make a ‘good captain’.
Overall, it seems as though Colin Montgomerie has a lot going for him in terms of an ‘application’ for the Ryder Cup captaincy. In fact, the golf odds have now installed him as favourite for the post.
The Ryder Cup committee will announce their decision tomorrow, with Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal being touted as Monty’s main rival.