Montgomerie delays naming Ryder Cup vice-captains

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie is in no hurry to name his vice-captains for October's showdown at Celtic Manor in Wales. The Scotsman will wait until after The Open to name his assistants

Colin Montgomerie

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has revealed that he will not name his vice-captains for October's showdown in Wales until after The Open.

It's the Scotsman's intention to give everybody the opportunity to qualify to play against the Americans before deciding who will assist him in trying to regain the Cup. 

"There will be nothing announced on Europe's part until at least after the British Open this year, so that's the third week in July at least before any announcement is made on our part," said the 46-year-old.

"I want to give everybody an opportunity of qualifying for the team and we will know more about what the qualifying situation is around that time."

Montgomerie's predecessor Nick Faldo named Paul McGinley as his vice-captain at BMW PGA Championship in May 2008 - only for the Irishman to later turn down the role as it was his ambition to actually compete.   

American captain Corey Pavin has already named Tom Lehman, Davis Love, Jeff Sluman and Paul Goydos as his vice-captains, but Montgomerie has his own game plan and refused to get drawn into any possible criticisms on his counterpart's tactics.  

"I don't really have any thoughts, I was never going to have any thoughts at all. That's up to him and the American team and I wish them well," said Montgomerie.

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