Colin Montgomerie named 2010 Ryder Cup captain

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Colin Montgomerie has been named European Ryder Cup Captain 2010 for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in 2010 at a press conference in Dubai.

In a press conference Colin Montgomerie said he was ecstatic to be named 2010 Ryder Cup captain and that he would work night and day to ensure the team was successful in Wales.

And with the 2010 Ryder Cup being held at Celtic Manor in wales Monty, or Colin Montgomerie can expect huge support from the home Ryder Cup 2010 fans.

"This is obviously one of my proudest moments," said the Scot. "It is a huge responsibility having lost the last Ryder Cup. It is important we do everything we can to claim back the Ryder Cup in 2010."

Jose Maria Olazabal may have missed out on the captaincy this time but Monty is keen for him to be involved in Wales.

"I have an understanding and respect for Jose and I'm sure he will be part of my team at Celtic Manor," he added.

And in an exclusive interview with Today's Golfer just moments ago fellow Ryder Cup Captain contender Sandy Lyle said he will consider becoming Colin Montgomerie's vice captain. Read our Sandy Lyle Vice Captain story for more on this...

MONTY'S GREAT RYDER CUP MOMENTS...

·         Made his debut at Kiawah Island in 1991. In the final day singles came from four down with four to play against Mark Calcavecchia to gain a half.

·         Claimed the winning point in both the 1997 and 2004 Ryder Cup Matches. At Valderrama he halved his singles game with Scott Hoch and beat David Toms in their singles encounter. Montgomerie is the only European to gain the winning point twice.

·         On his way his half point against Hoch, his tee shot at Valderrama’s 18th hole was awarded European Tour Shot of the Year in 1997

·         Is only the second European player, following on from Bernhard Langer to play in five winning European Ryder Cup Teams

·         From his eight Ryder Cup singles matches he has recorded six wins and two halves. His six victories is the equal highest in European Ryder Cup history – as is his total of seven points

·         Was the leading points scorer in the 2002 Ryder Cup with four and a half points out of five. Was also Europe’s highest scorer in 1997 with three and a half points and joint-top scorer in 199, again with three and a half

·         Formed a formidable partnership with Bernhard Langer. Together they played seven times in fourball and foursome play, winning five and a half points , winning five, halving one and losing just the once

·         The afternoon foursomes on day one of  The Ryder Cup of 2004 saw Montgomerie set a new European  Ryder Cup record for consecutive games played  - 29 – dating back to the day two fourballs  of the 1991 Ryder Cup. His record finally went to 30 consecutive sessions.