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Monty favourite to be skipper

Sources close to Colin Montgomerie say the Scot is now the new favourite to be Ryder Cup captain at Gleneagles in 2014.

Orginally thought to be a straight battle between Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke, Monty's name has only recently been brought into the mix.

But those whispers have now escalated, with the Scot now being tipped strongly to get a second stint at the job in 2014 having captained Europe to victory at Celtic Manor in 2010.

Sky Sports News golf reporter James Haddock revealed on Monday morning that a source very close to the Montgomerie camp says they have "an extremely high level of confidence that the vote is going to go Colin Montgomerie's way."

Haddock added: "There's a lot of conversations going on here at the moment, some of them getting slightly heated.

"Thomas Bjorn I saw having a pretty full on, heated discussion with someone and it just shows that there's a lot of conversations happening with the key players involved in making this decision.

Bjorn, as is Monty himself, is one of the 15-man committee set to meet in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday night, who will decide who gets the job.

Recent policy has been for the European skipper's job to be a one-stop deal and that's certainly the view of Rory McIlroy.

"Ryder Cup captaincy should be a one-time thing," McIlroy said on Twitter. "Everybody deserving gets their chance and moves on. Would love to play under Paul McGinley in '14."

However, the Americans' decision to bring back 1993 winning skipper Tom Watson as captain for 2014 could sway opinion, with one line of thought believing Europe need a bigger name than McGinley to be up against the iconic five-time Open winner.