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Monty silent on Ryder Cup captaincy

Colin Montgomerie was able to avoid any more questions about the Ryder Cup captaincy as he missed the cut at the Qatar Masters.

DOHA // Colin Montgomerie was able to avoid any more questions about the Ryder Cup captaincy as he missed the cut at the Qatar Masters. The Scotsman jetted straight off to Dubai, where a decision on who will lead Europe at Celtic Manor next year is expected next week. On Thursday, Jose Maria Olazabal, the other main contender for the role, confirmed his interest, but Montgomerie brushed off a barrage of questions, telling journalists: "I'm not saying anything significant today to anyone. I will see you next week and I look forward to it."

The eight-time Order of Merit winner, whose three-over-par 75 left him two shots adrift of the cut, only emerged as a front-runner last week having previously indicated he wanted to return as a player before taking on the captaincy at Gleneagles in 2014. The 45-year-old Scot failed to qualify for the team last year and was overlooked for a wild-card place. The Spaniard, who was Faldo's vice-captain last year, has missed much of the last two years with rheumatism and fatigue and had to pull out of the tournament in Qatar this week.

Europe's tournament committee, of which Montgomerie is a member, is expected to make a decision on Wednesday. Sandy Lyle and 2006 captain Ian Woosnam are outside contenders for the prestigious position. Olazabal's compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez endorsed the two-times Masters champions' decision, but remained tight-lipped as he is also a member of the tournament committee. "I think it would be very nice if Jose got the job. He showed what he can give to the team last year," said Jimenez.

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