Montgomerie, who made the winning putt in Europe's victory over the United States at Oakland Hills, said Friday he's withdrawing as a candidate to captain the team in 2006 at the K Club in Ireland.
Montgomerie, 41, said he's been told by 'everybody' that he is too young for the job and should keep playing.
'After hearing it I possibly have to agree,' he said. 'I think I can play in Ireland and possibly the next couple.'
Bernhard Langer captained the European team to a record 18 1/2-9 1/2 win over the Americans in September. Montgomerie holed a 4-foot putt on the 18th hole to beat David Toms and give the Europeans the necessary 14 1/2 points for outright victory. Montgomerie has an overall Ryder Cup record of 19-8-5.
The Scot said he backs Langer to continue as captain.
'It's our job to select the captain who will win the thing,' he said. 'It's his to say 'no' to really and if he says he wants to do it again then there's your captain. I think he would be the Ryder Cup players' choice.'
Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and Sandy Lyle are other contenders.
Tom Lehman will follow Hal Sutton as the U.S. captain in '06.
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