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Monty wants to rekindle form

Successful captain wants Ryder Cup playing return

Posted Dec 15, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie wants to force his way back into the top 50 in the world and the European Ryder Cup team despite a year to forget on the course. The winning captain from this year’s prestigious team event in Wales, Montgomerie has acknowledged that 2010 was a year to forget on the course but was one to savour off it.
He proved a fantastic leader of the 12 Europeans that went on to conquer the US at Celtic Manor, but he ideally wants to make a playing return to the team in 2014 when the iconic Gleneagles hosts the prestigious tournament.
Monty has slipped to 405th in the world rankings and will need to drastically improve this if he is to return to the fold. He will need to make it back into the top 50 on the planet but is this possible for the aging 51-year-old?
Perhaps, although I feel it is unlikely. He may have won eight European Tour Order of Merits and been a colossus in the Ryder Cup arena having taken 23.5 from a possible 36, but rediscovering this kind of form, and ousting some of the best golfers in the world from the European team will be difficult. This year, it was a young team with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and the Molinari brothers providing a youthful exuberance to the side and this proved a wise move.
Monty is going to have to get the better of these guys and the likes of world number one Lee Westwood, the highly successful Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter or the consistent Miguel Angel Jimenez. And I just can’t see that happening.
It would be fantastic to have a Scotsman play in the winning team in Scotland in 2014 but I can’t see that man being Monty.
I have been known to be wrong before but will this, I’m pretty confident that the Ryder Cup team won’t be upset too much over the next few years.

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