1:15pm Monday 14th January 2013
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Colin Montgomerie is prepared to come back as Ryder Cup captain even though he considers elements of the job as "an invasion of privacy".
A tournament committee meeting in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday will discuss who takes over from Jose Maria Olazabal, and Dubliner Paul McGinley, an assistant in the last two matches, is favourite now that Darren Clarke has stated his desire to regain a place in the team.
But the possibility of Montgomerie being turned to again on home soil remains after Clarke talked about the need for a big character to oppose American choice Tom Watson. Montgomerie, who led the side to victory at Celtic Manor in 2010, said: "Obviously, it would be a dream come true if I could be seen to be captain at home in Scotland."
The Scot added: "It will be a great honour. It seemed to be between Darren and Paul and now my name seems to be mentioned an awful lot, so we will see."
As for the demands of the job, the eight-time European number one added: "It's a lot of time, a lot of pressure on family and you as an individual. The scrutiny when it's at home is a lot more. It's an invasion of your privacy and life."
Montgomerie has spoken to Clarke since he declared last Friday that now might not be the time for him and that the 2016 match in America might have less of an impact on his career.
"I can fully understand where Darren is coming from, especially given the exemptions he still has into the majors (thanks to his 2011 Open win) as you want to use them when you can still play.
"Because we're close friends he knows it took a year and a half out of my career. If you come back after a year and a half out you might not be able to use those exemptions to the same potential.
"I didn't think it would affect my golf the way it did - I've told him that. I was looking at leaderboards for other names and not my own. I was hoping that some were doing well as opposed to concentrating on my own game. And practice went out of the window - there's no time. It's a full-time commitment if you want to do it properly."
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