Colin Montgomerie of Scotland (L) watches his tee shot on the tenth hole as Phil Mickelson of the USA looks on during the second round of the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 16, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland.
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By Marika Washchyshyn
Thursday, January 22, 2015



Colin Montgomerie has a few ideas about Phil Mickelson's future, specifically Mickelson's role in the 2016 Ryder Cup.

In an interview with, Montgomerie, who captained the Euros to victory in Wales in 2010, said it was time for Mickelson to "stand up to the plate" and become the USA’s Ryder Cup captain.

Mickelson openly criticized Tom Watson's leadership and captaincy -- ultimately, the U.S. lost yet another cup to Europe -- dragging them both into the center of heated public disagreements following the 2014 Ryder Cup.

Colin Montgomerie, Phil Mickelson

U.S. Ryder Cup golfer Phil Mickelson (R) shares a laugh with European golfer Colin Montgomerie, from Scotland, on the seventh green during their first round four-ball match at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches in Bloomfield, Michigan, September 17, 2004.

"Phil Mickelson’s comments were heard and read around the world," said Montgomerie, a former European team captain and record eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner. "A lot of people were thinking ‘stand up to the plate’. Okay, if you feel that strongly about the situation become captain yourself.

"The trouble there, of course, is Phil would have to win the Ryder Cup, having said what he said, so it does put pressure on the whole system."

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Montgomerie is considered to be one of the best Ryder Cup golfers of all time, with a record of 20-9-7. Mickelson is starting his 2015 season off at the Humana Challenge, Jan. 22-25.

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