Friday, January 23, 2009

Olazabal for 2010 Ryder Cup captain?

No comment, says Monty after a 75

Colin Montgomerie refused to comment on Jose Maria Olazabal's decision to put himself forward for the 2010 Ryder Cup captaincy.
Montgomerie, 45, only emerged as the front runner to lead Europe's bid to reclaim the coveted trophy at Celtic Manor last week after previously indicating he wanted to play in Wales and wait until Gleneagles in 2014 to be captain.
"I'm not saying anything significant (on Friday) to anyone," said Montgomerie after carding a second-round 75 at the Qatar Masters. "I will see you next week and I look forward to it."
On Thursday Olazabal's manager told PA Sport the 42-year-old Spaniard, who was Nick Faldo's assistant last year at Valhalla, is available and would accept the role despite also hoping to qualify as a player.
Europe's tournament committee, of which Montgomerie is a member, are expected to make a decision on Wednesday in Dubai.
Two-time Masters champion Olazabal and Montgomerie are the clear front runners with Sandy Lyle and 2006 captain Ian Woosnam believed to be outside contenders.
Olazabal's chances of being named as a player have diminished due to injuries which have plagued him in recent years and forced him out of this week's event, although he is expected to play in the Dubai Desert Classic, which starts on Thursday.
Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez endorsed Olazabal's decision, but remained tight lipped as he is also a member of the tournament committee.
"I think it would be very nice if Jose got the job. Olazabal showed what he can give to the team last year, but anyone would be very good," Jimenez said.
"I don't want to say who I think should be captain, we will have to wait until next week."



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