Montgomerie has been a key figure in past European Ryder Cup teams
Colin Montgomerie has revealed he plans to compete on the European Tour until 2015, by which time he hopes to have captained Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Montgomerie's record eighth Order of Merit title in 2005 means he has a full tour exemption until 2015 and the Scot said: "I think that'll do me by then.
"I plan on getting into the top 50 by the end of the year and go from there."
On the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, he added: "There's a particular place where I may be captain. It's obvious."
Montgomerie, currently 14th in the Ryder Cup standings, is relying on a wildcard from captain Nick Faldo to compete in this year's meeting at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
Although he has previously said he does not expect to be given one, Montgomerie said: "Even if I'm not playing this year, I will do my utmost to play in 2010 and 2012.
"And then I might possibly do something else in 2014!"
The 45-year-old, who dropped out of the world's top 100 at the start of last month for the first time since 1990, said he plans to move up the rankings - starting with this week's Scottish Open.
"It's a big week for me this week - there's always a certain amount of pressure on me in these type of events," he said.
"I'm coming into this one, though, very relaxed, playing well and looking forward to competing.
"My plan is to keep on improving on the Tour and there's no reason why I can't do that. I was going to say I'm fit enough, but I have never been, and mentally I never have been that way either!
"But I plan on improving to get back into the top 50 and then we'll take it from there."