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ALL five nations hoping to stage the 2018 Ryder Cup have kept their hats in the ring ahead of the announcement in three months' time after signing "conditional host agreements".
COLIN Montgomerie has ruled himself of the running for a second stint as Ryder Cup captain at Gleneagles in 2014 and said he believes Irishman Paul McGinley is the man for the job in Perthshire.
THE venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup - a fight between France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands - will be announced on 17 May.
Seve Ballesteros has called for the Ryder Cup to be extended from three to four days and for every team member to be allowed to play on the opening day of the competition.
DAVIS Love III, who faced Jose Maria Olazabal at the start of his Ryder Cup career in 1983 at The Belfry, is set to be confirmed as the opposing captain to the Spaniard at Medinah.
JOSE Maria Olazabal's appointment as the European captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah was so straightforward that it didn't even need to be rubber-stamped at committee level after fellow players had given the Spaniard unanimous backing to succeed Colin Montgomerie.
IT COST him at least one friendship. It cost him a bigger drop down the World Rankings than he could ever have imagined. And it cost him, almost certainly, the chance to do the job in Scotland, a few miles from his front door in fact, in four years' time.
Jose Maria Olazabal is expected to be named as Europe's next Ryder Cup captain next month.
COLIN Montgomerie is predicting a "long meeting" when members of the tournament committee on the European Tour sit down in Abu Dhabi next month to discuss a successful but controversial Ryder Cup campaign and expects one of the outcomes to be an expanded format for the 2014 event at Gleneagles.
Colin Montgomerie has revealed one of the secrets of his Ryder Cup success in Wales - bigger beds than the Americans.
Ryder Cup-winning captain Colin Montgomerie wants his successor to have more picks when Europe defend their title in 2012 to avoid the "terrible" situation of omitting world class players.
Seven days ago in this column five-time Ryder Cup player Darren Clarke had a wee go at the PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles, where the contest is due to be held four years hence. Which is nothing new. Along with so many other respected judges, the big Ulsterman has never hidden his distaste for the soulless American-style design that sits so incongruously alongside the delightful King's and Queen's courses.
Europe's victorious Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie feels world golf is witnessing "a changing of the guard" with Lee Westwood on the verge of dislodging Tiger Woods as the game's new number one.
ONE of Scotland's top hotels is spending £2.5 million to overhaul its "tired-looking" clubhouse in preparation for hosting the Ryder Cup in 2014.
PAUL Lawrie enjoyed his stint alongside Butch Harmon and David Howell in the Sky TV studio at the Ryder Cup but it also made him realise that playing is still the best job in golf.
COMFORTABLE being uncomfortable. That's the way Rory McIlroy summed up how his big buddy, Graeme McDowell, has become a major winner and Ryder Cup hero in the space of a few months.
GRAEME McDowell almost talked himself out of the role that saw him become Ireland's latest Ryder Cup hero and has recalled the moment Colin Montgomerie appeared at his side at Celtic Manor and whispered: "You need to win."
FORTY-EIGHT hours after enjoying the best day of his golfing career, Colin Montgomerie admitted his Ryder Cup captaincy had also seen him endure the most difficult one.