Thomas Bjorn's 2014 Ryder Cup weather fear

Thomas Bjorn, one of Colin Montgomerie's vice-captains at the Ryder Cup, has claimed that this year's match at Celtic Manor was "pretty close to being a complete disaster".

Due to the appalling October weather in South Wales, the singles had to be held on the Monday for the first time in Ryder Cup history.

And Bjorn has warned that a similar scenario is a distinct possibility at Gleneagles in 2014 and called for the event to be brought forward to as early as August in a bid to thwart the Scottish weather.

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At the moment, the match is planned to take place only slightly earlier than this year, in September.

At Celtic manor, torrential rain made the course unplayable both on Friday and Sunday and, with the first contest on Welsh soil having been scheduled so late in the year, there was a lot of anger from fans who were told their Friday tickets were not valid for the extra day.

One said at the time that he had seen only five shots and that he thought spectators were "treated with contempt", while another said he felt "absolutely betrayed".

It has now also been revealed that the cost of Monday's play ran into six figures.

Bjorn's view that it should be in late summer is a personal preference rather than the view of the tournament players' committee he chairs, and the Dane said: "It's only here once every four years and I think there should be consideration given to that. The match worked in Wales, but it was pretty close to being a complete disaster and, if you can have trouble in Wales at the start of October, you can have trouble in Scotland at the end of September."

Further talks are to be held between Europe's Ryder Cup committee, the PGA of America and the (US) PGA Tour, whose scheduling of the FedEx Cup play-offs is seen as the main problem to the Ryder Cup moving to earlier in the calendar.

"It's a discussion for the big-wigs, not for me," added Bjorn.

There will be other cup matters on the agenda for his committee early in the New Year, including the captaincy.

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The main question appears to be whether Jose Maria Olazabal is in a position to succeed Colin Montgomerie.

The Spaniard has only just returned to action after further problems with rheumatic pains and one of the main reasons Montgomerie agreed to take over from Nick Faldo was that he was still playing full-time on the circuit and therefore better able to assess potential team members.

European Tour chief executive George O'Grady said: "Just about every player on the European Tour, when I last talked to them about this, would love to see Jose Maria as the captain of the European team.

"I haven't heard one person who wouldn't, but it's up to him. "He has not been invited yet, but I hope so. I hope he is fit.He is an honourable, incredible man and if he didn't feel he could do it completely to the best of his ability he probably would not put a committee in that position."

The committee will also discuss the current qualifying system, the subject of much debate in August when the so-called "FedEx Four" of Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Justin Rose did not return to Europe for the last two weeks of the points race.

Harrington and Donald were given wild cards, but Montgomerie had only three and Casey and Rose both missed out after Italian Edoardo Molinari won the final qualifying event.

"We will listen to Monty and whoever the new captain is," Bjorn added. "There are strong views coming from all angles and the committee will come up with what we think is right."

At present, four players are chosen based on their world ranking points earned during the qualifying period, then five based on European Tour earnings, plus three wild cards.

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If the European Tour list had come first this year, Molinari, Donald, Harrington and Rose would all have qualified instead of Ross Fisher, Francesco Molinari, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Peter Hanson.

Donald said: "I'm third this year in total world ranking points won (behind Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood] and yet I still had to rely on a pick. That seems crazy."