Ryder Cup - Olazabal could reject captaincy

Tue, 05 Oct 21:05:00 2010

Jose Maria Olazabal will only accept the job as Europe's Ryder Cup captain if his health holds up.

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The two-time US Masters champion has been a vice-captain at the past two Ryder Cups, but has been backed by several players to succeed Colin Montgomerie as the European skipper when they defend the trophy in Chicago in 2012.

Monty has said that the Spaniard would be his choice for the role, while team members Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald have also endorsed his candidacy.

Olazabal played in eight Ryder Cups, but has been restricted to playing appearances in recent years due to his ongoing battles with rheumatoid arthritis.

Olazabal feels he would need to be appearing more on the European Tour as a player to justify accepting the role if he is offered it.

"It's been mentioned by the players and by Monty and we talked about it a little, but there is just one issue and that is my health," Olazabal told Sky Sports. "I would love to do it, but you have to fulfil certain things.

"For instance. I think you need to be close to the players and play with them during the qualifying process, compete with them if possible, and that's why it is the only question mark, but time will tell."

Olazabal will not hesitate to accept the post if he feels strong enough.

"There's only one answer - yes," he added.

"It's always an honour to represent the European Tour and an entire continent, it has always been this way and it will always be like this."

Montgomerie confirmed he will stand down after his team's 14Ĺ-13Ĺ victory over the US on Monday, but believes Olazabal is the figure to help Europe defend the trophy on American soil.

"I hope Jose Maria will be well enough to be the next captain," he said.

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