It was only a matter of time--in this case just days away from the big committee gathering--that Colin Montgomerie would offer himself up for the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy and well, it's all Darren Clarke's fault that Monty is "flattered really that my name's been put in the frame."
Mark Garrod reports:
"I've always said that we need the best man for the job, whoever that is," winning 2010 captain Montgomerie said in Durban, where he is part of the 33-strong field for the Volvo Champions tournament starting tomorrow.
"And if we're going for the best man for the job then that doesn't say you shouldn't do it again.
Well, maybe he was thinking of Tony Jacklin? No?
"I thought it was between Darren and Paul until Darren said something, then my name was mentioned.
"I've never canvassed, as I didn't last time. I've not spoken to anybody about this. But I've always felt that if I was asked I would do it and that's still the case."
And here I was praising Monty for taking himself out of the equation less than a month ago.
Mercifully, he's just one of 15 votes and since he's not doing any canvassing, then we have to take him on his word that he's not undermining the campaigns of McGinley or Clarke.