Sergio Garcia volunteered, Monty says

Updated: September 29, 2010, 4:46 PM ET
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

NEWPORT, Wales -- Sergio Garcia didn't wait to be offered the position of assistant captain. He went to team captain Colin Montgomerie and asked for the job, the European skipper revealed Tuesday.

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."

Garcia joins fellow assistants Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley on Montgomerie's staff.

Jason Sobel is a golf writer for ESPN.com.

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Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.