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Ian Woosnam rules out Welsh Ryder Cup role

Ian Woosnam
Woosnam inspired Europe to a record Ryder Cup win in 2006

Welsh golf legend Ian Woosnam has ruled out being part of Europe captain Colin Montgomerie's backroom team for the first Ryder Cup in Wales.

Montgomerie admits he would "love" a Welshman to inspire Europe to regain the trophy - but winning 2006 captain Woosnam insists it will not be him.

Former world number one Woosnam had expressed an interest in the 2010 job.

But he said: "I made it pretty clear if I wasn't going to be captain then I'd let the other guys get on with it."

Woosnam was assistant to skipper Sam Torrance when Europe beat the United States in the 2002 Ryder Cup at the Belfry - and Woosnam's fellow countryman Phillip Price was a integral part of that historic win.

The Welsh rookie shocked the then world number two Phil Mickelson with a 3&2 win in a final-day singles to signal victory for Europe.

Montgomerie has previously said that Price epitomised Europe's extraordinary team-spirit at the Belfry to beat a "better side" in the Americans 15½ -12½.

And Price, a fully-paid up member of the Celtic Manor's 2010 Ryder Cup host course, has been tipped to be one of Montgomerie's right-hand-men.

I think there is every chance that we'll have some sort of Welsh backroom help

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie

Scot Montgomerie admits "there is every chance that we'll have some sort of Welsh backroom help" at the Ryder Cup in Newport in October - either in his 12-man team or in his backroom staff.

Home-country representation in Europe's backroom worked in the past as Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros was skipper when Europe beat the United States for the 1997 Ryder Cup in Spain.

And Woosnam himself appointed Irishman Des Smyth as his trusted right-hand man when Europe beat the Americans in Ireland in 2006.

Irishman Paul McGinley and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark are favourites to be Montgomerie's eyes and ears at the Celtic Manor.

But the 47-year-old Scot admits he wants four assistants to help him beat the Americans in Newport.

And popular European Tour winner Price, who lives just 15 minutes from the Twenty Ten course, is a possible candidate after speaking of his desire to help Europe in the autumn.

Phil Price and Ian Woosnam
Woosnam and Price were part of Europe's 2002 Ryder Cup win

But charismatic Woosnam, the 1991 Masters champion, is hugely popular with Europe's players as it was the Welshman who inspired his Euro stars to a record-equalling and unprecedented third successive win over the Americans at the K Club in 2006.

And that European team triumph in Ireland included Montgomerie in his eighth and final Ryder Cup appearance.

However, the 52-year-old eight-time Ryder Cup star has revealed that he has made it clear he does not wish to be considered to be one of Montgomerie's assistants.

Woosnam insists he will be at Wales' three days in golf's global spotlight but not as part of the official Ryder Cup party.

"I'll be doing a little bit of TV work," he said.

"And I'll be doing a few dinners and basically seeing what is going on - and doing a bit of work for the Welsh Tourist Board and be an ambassador."



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