Montgomerie welcomes McGinley as Ryder Cup captain

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 4:00 AM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A day after missing out on Europe's Ryder Cup captaincy, Colin Montgomerie says he's not bitter and is fully behind the choice of Paul McGinley.

Montgomerie, the winning 2010 captain, emerged as a late candidate after Darren Clarke pulled out of contention for the job, preferring to concentrate on his own game. But the 49-year-old Scotsman was opposed by several players, most notably No. 1-ranked Rory McIlroy who felt he wouldn't be motivated to win a second Ryder Cup.

Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Montgomerie said he was "flattered" to be considered and said he didn't campaign for the job.

Asked if he was bitter about not being chosen, the Scotsman said "goodness no, nothing to do with that at all."

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