Sergio Garcia volunteered, Monty says
When Montgomerie named his three Ryder Cup wild-card picks Aug. 29, he also announced Garcia would join his staff as an assistant. It wasn't until his pre-tournament news conference, though, that Montgomerie divulged how the arrangement was first introduced.
"He said, 'I'd like to help out, please,' " Montgomerie said of a conversation between the two during the Open Championship in July. '' 'I'd like to be part of the team. I'd like to be part of this somehow, if I'm not able to be on the team and not able to be selected by you.' "
Garcia has been a stalwart of each of the five previous European Ryder Cup squads, posting a 14-6-4 overall record, but failed to qualify for this year's roster due to uncharacteristically poor results.
He owns just a single top-10 finish in 15 appearances on the PGA Tour this season -- a fourth-place result at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship -- and hasn't won anywhere in the world since 2008.
"It's fantastic that a 30-year-old can do that," Montgomerie added. "It's one of the youngest vice captains ever, and one of the best current players ever to be a vice captain.
"And it's a real positive for the European Team to have him in the team room, the passion that he brings to it. He's up there with Seve [Ballesteros] and with Ollie [Jose Maria Olazabal] in that way, and I think that it's a great example of how close the European Tour are in trying to regain this trophy back."
Jason Sobel is a golf writer for ESPN.com.
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In his career, the Ryder Cup has meant everything to Colin Montgomerie. That's why leading the Europeans to victory Monday as captain stands as a crowning achievement. Bob Harig | Championship CentralDate: Oct. 1-4, 2010
2010 champion: Europe
Course: Celtic Manor Twenty Ten Course
Where: Newport, Wales, United Kingdom
Rosters: United States | Europe