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Montgomerie criticised by Woosnam

Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam
Colin Montgomerie (l) will captain Europe at the 2010 Ryder Cup

Former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam has criticised Colin Montgomerie for announcing Jose Maria Olazabal as his vice-captain before he had agreed to.

Olazabal may not take up the role of vice-captain for the 2010 European Ryder Cup team because he still aims to qualify as a player at Celtic Manor.

However, captain Montgomerie announced two weeks ago that a deal had been agreed with the Spaniard.

"Colin should have asked Jose before he said anything," Woosnam told BBC Sport.

"You don't want to upset your players straight away and Jose is a good enough player to still make it on the team," added Woosnam who captained the side to victory in 2006.

Olazabal has previously indicated that he may attempt to qualify for the 2010 team as a player, but if he does not then he may accept Montgomerie's offer.

"I will make every effort to make the team as a player, if that's not the case we will have to have a chat," said 43-year-old Olazabal.


"It is a hard decision for him to make," said Welshman Woosnam.

"He's been Ryder Cup vice-captain before and his turn to be captain will be next so maybe he doesn't want that role now."

Olazabal assisted Nick Faldo at last year's tournament in Kentucky.

Woosnam had hoped to captain Europe again in 2010, especially with the tournament being in Wales, but he believes Montgomerie will do a good job.

"I'm a little disappointed I didn't get it but if the players voted for it, then he is the right man," said Woosnam.

"Let's hope everything goes well for Wales and the European Ryder Cup team. Hopefully he'll get the right people behind him as that is important."

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