Ever since Graeme McDowell closed the door on Hunter Mahan back at Celtic Manor in the 2010 Ryder Cup, Colin Montgomerie has played a coy little game with the idea of captaining the team again. Sure, Jose Maria Olazabal got the 2012 gig, and deservedly so, but Monty has been running the old "I won't campaign for it, but you can ask me, and maybe I'll say yes" gig. That tease!
Well, until now. Now he's straight up about wanting the gig. In an interview with the BBC, he noted that he wouldn't turn down the job if asked. "But no one's asked me, and we have fantastic candidates in Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley," he added. (Where's Nick Faldo on that list, you think?)
Montgomerie had indicated he wanted to improve his own game with the hopes of playing his way onto the teams that will play in Medinah in 2012 and Gleneagles in 2014. That may be a long shot, considering the strength of the European team. Still, it's a noble enough goal.
And Montgomerie deserves credit for captaining the European team to a win, though it wasn't quite as dominating as many now seem to be remembering it. As we recall, if even one of the Americans had turned in a slightly better round on Sunday, this would be a moot point. But Monty didn't blow his stack, as many had hoped expected, and for that, we say, good show.
Colin Montgomerie eyes 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy [BBC Sport]