Monty backing Ryder decision

Colin Montgomerie insists he will support Paul McGinley in every way he can after the Irishman was appointed Ryder Cup captain.

McGinley got the nod at the European Tour tournament committee meeting in Abu Dhabi, the Dubliner seeing off Scottish trio Montgomerie, Paul Lawrie and Sandy Lyle, and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez to land the coveted position.

Montgomerie, who led Europe to victory in Wales three years ago, became a late contender for the job after Tom Watson was put in charge of the Americans.

But the Scot is confident McGinley has the experience for the role following his two stints as Ryder Cup vice-captain.

Montgomerie said: "I'm not at all disappointed - it would have been a dream come true, but it has not happened."

"I was very flattered even to be considered again - it meant a lot to me. The selection process was such that they appointed the best man for the job.

"We all get behind Paul now and wish him well. I appointed him for the Seve Trophy and he did a very good job - as he did twice as a vice-captain.

"He's a very good man-manager and very good at assessing people's strengths. I will be there to support and fly the flag for Europe."