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Monty May Be The Toast of Newport, But Who'll Be Ryder Cup Captain Come 2012?
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As the European team completed the slow, tight prising of the Ryder Cup from the hands of Team USA in the Ryder Cup's first Monday finish at Celtic Manor, Sky focused largely on the non-playing members of the home side during the nigh-on 90-minute wait for the closing ceremony.

The obvious subjects were spoken to: there were interviews with Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, and Rory McIlroy amongst the hordes of fans in South Wales, but Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, and Sergio Garcia were never too far away from the limelight, either.

Having ambled around Celtic Manor during Tuesday's practice session, it was clear to me that their input in the preparations were massive, too.

All four of Monty's vice-captains (and it would later be five) were meticulous in their analysis of Colin Montgomerie's 12 disciples, the European team taking far more time on every hole than their American counterparts.

Now with Monty severing all ties with him and the Ryder Cup at 2012, stating in a press conference: "I will not be doing this again, I think it's only right that it should be shared around."

It didn't take long for speculation on who'll lead the holders to Chicago in two years' time to begin:

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