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Montgomerie wants to be The Man in 2010

05 May 2005

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (PA) -- Colin Montgomerie is eager to follow Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo as captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team.

The seven-time European Tour Order of Merit winner is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Dubai Desert Classic and currently has his focus trained on qualifying for next month's Masters at Augusta.

He remains more competitive as a player than Woosnam and Faldo, who are both six years older than the 41-year-old Montgomerie, and he will be looking to be a playing member of both the 2006 and 2008 squads.

But he harbors an ambition to skipper the European side at one stage, and the 2010 Matches at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales may present him with the opportunity.

"I won't be captain the next two. We've settled that and that's quite good," he told BBC 5 Live. "I'll do that one day hopefully and whenever that time might come I'll look forward to it."

Montgomerie holed the winning putt as Europe thrashed the United States in Detroit last September, and he is putting together a solid run of results in early 2005 with the aim of climbing into the world's top 50 and thereby assuring himself of entry to Augusta.

"I'm confident in what I'm doing right now and it's transferring itself into lower scores, which is great," he said. "I'm down to about 54th now and I'm trying to get into that top 50.

"I'll be there soon, it's just a matter of when," he added. "And I'm hoping I can do it before the Masters and not after, obviously."

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