McIlroy stirs up Ryder Cup debate

    Rory McIlroy, right, talks with his then Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie before Europe's 2010 victory in Wales.

    Story highlights

    • Rory McIlroy says Colin Montgomerie should not return as European Ryder Cup captain
    • World No. 1 backs Irishman Paul McGinley to step up from vice-captaincy role
    • The 23-year-old Northern Irishman says the skipper's job should be a "one-time thing"
    • European captain will be named on Tuesday ahead of Abu Dhabi tournament
    While the sporting world awaits confirmation of his mega-money new sponsorship deal with Nike, Rory McIlroy has deflected attention to one of the other big stories on golf's horizon this week -- the naming of the next European Ryder Cup captain.
    The world No. 1 was part of last year's winning team, famously triumphing in his final-day singles match after needing a police escort to get to the Medinah course on time.
    Jose Maria Olazabal stood down after guiding the Europeans to a remarkable come-from-behind win over the U.S. -- and his assistants Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley were initially frontrunners for the 2014 role at Gleneagles in Scotland.
    However, that changed when the Americans turned once again to Tom Watson, the last U.S. captain to triumph on European soil in 1993 and who won four of his eight major titles at Scottish links courses.
    Since then Colin Montgomerie has been widely tipped to repeat his 2010 role, when Europe won at Celtic Manor, and the eight-time European Tour money list winner confirmed last week that he would be interested in the leading the team in his home country.