Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Olazabal to be Monty's Ryder

Cup right-hand man - if

Spaniard is not in 2010 team

By Oliver Brown
Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie says he wants Jose Olazabal as his assistant in Wales, but only if the Spaniard fails to make the team as a player.
"Olazabal will be there, if not as a player then on the administrative side," Montgomerie told The Daily Telegraph at Gleneagles. "He is one of the very important men who can help this victory."
While Olazabal, pictured, debated about whether or not to put his name forward for the captaincy at Celtic Manor, Montgomerie confirmed he would stand and the Scot was subsequently appointed by the European Tour players' committee.
It is now anticipated that Olazabal will lead Europe at the 2012 Ryder Cup match in Chicago.
"Jose Maria and I spoke at length in Dubai and I asked him how he felt," Montgomerie said. "He said, 'If you don't mind, give me a chance to make the team on merit, a chance to play'.
"So of course I would want him to say that. He brings incredible passion to any team.
"He is a very proud European and that's what I need behind the scenes; someone who works not just for the team but for the European cause as well. This is a family. You need great help below you and that is what we're going to have."



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