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Monty named European 2010 Ryder Cup captain

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  • Colin Montgomerie will captain Europe's 2010 bid to regain the Ryder Cup
  • "This is one of the proudest moments," said the 45-year-old Montgomerie
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(CNN) -- Colin Montgomerie will captain Europe's bid to regain golf's Ryder Cup from the United States in 2010 at Celtic Manor in Wales.

Monty will pack away his clubs for the occasion and captain Europe at the 2010 Ryder Cup against the U.S.

Montgomerie was the unanimous choice to lead Europe's bid to reclaim the Ryder Cup from the United States.

The Scot, so often an inspiration on the course during his eight appearances in the biennial event, won the vote over the likes of Jose Maria Olazabal and Sandy Lyle.

"This is one of the proudest moments," said the 45-year-old Montgomerie. "It's not just an honor but a huge responsibility as well. It is important we do everything we can to claim back the Ryder Cup in Wales in 2010." Did they make the right choice? Sound Off below

Montgomerie, who confirmed Spaniard Olazabal would be asked to assist him, admitted it was support from European players which convinced him to go for the job.

Five-time Ryder Cup winner Montgomerie only emerged as a front-runner two weeks ago having previously indicated he wanted to return to the team next year to win a ninth cap -- and wait until Gleneagles in 2014 to take up the captaincy.

"I've been listening and taking heed of what they've been saying," Montgomerie said. "It just seems the time is right for me to take the helm here and be captain."

Montgomerie ruled out being a playing captain, but will target a place on the team for 2012 in Chicago where Olazabal will be a contender for the leadership.

Lyle and former skipper Ian Woosnam -- he was in charge for the 2006 win in Ireland -- had also been touted as potential heads of the European team in Wales, but Monty had the support of influential figures in the game.

Bernard Gallacher and Sam Torrance had both backed Montgomerie, five times a major championship runner-up but never a winner, to take charge for next year's match.

Regarding his rival for the captaincy, he confirmed: "It's obvious that Jose Maria will be part of my team at Celtic Manor.

"We have a great understanding and I have had a respect for him since we first came together in the British Amateur final in 1984 and it's amazing how we have gone forward since that.

"You'll know in due course who will join the backroom staff but it's very important that we get those players and members of the tour to claim the Ryder Cup in 2010."

Corey Pavin will captain the U.S. team and Monty said: "I respect him as a competitor and played him on three occasions in the Ryder Cup, coming out on top twice, just.

"There's no question that he wants to retain the Cup as much as we want it back. It will be a close affair."

Thomas Bjorn, chairman of the Ryder Cup tournament committee said the decision to appoint Glasgow-born Monty was unanimous among the 15-strong panel.

"It became very obvious in the discussions in Abu Dhabi that we wanted the right man for 2010 and as that meeting progressed Colin's name came more and more into the frame.

"At one stage we thought about naming two captains but we felt that we should concentrate on one captain at a time.

"That is what we should be doing and I can say that the committee was unanimous in thinking that Colin was the right man to win the Ryder Cup and take those men into battle."

Montgomerie was overlooked by captain Nick Faldo for last year's defeat at Valhalla. He is the winner of eight European Tour Order of Merit crowns and 31 Tour titles.

Monty is undefeated in eight singles matches and his record of seven points from singles after six wins and two halves, equals the Ryder Cup record, as does his tally of six wins.

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In total he has played in eight matches, making his debut at Kiawah Island in 1991, and holed the winning putt at Oakland Hills in 2004.

He says on his Web site: "If I tell you that I can remember virtually every shot I have hit in a Ryder Cup, it will go some way towards explaining how much this biennial contest means to me"

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