Colin Montgomerie may already be thinking ahead toward the 2014 Ryder Cup - either as a returning captain or player.
The Scot finished T-6 on Sunday at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, site of the '14 matches, for his best finish on the European Tour in four years. Montgomerie finished at 10 under par, six shots behind winner and fellow Scot Paul Lawrie.
That finish is his best since finishing runner-up in the 2008 French Open. It is his first top-10 finish of this European Tour season and his first top-10 finish since ending T-7 at last year's BMW PGA Championship.
Montgomerie turns 50 next June, becoming eligible for senior golf.
The victorious captain of the European side in 2010, Montgomerie has touted his name as in contention for a second captaincy, while Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn are more likely leaders.
Though he earned no points toward the 2014 cause this week at Gleneagles, Monty would make history if he could cobble together enough points to earn one last berth. Montgomerie would be 51 years, 4 months and 5 days old when the 2014 matches are played. He would be the oldest player to compete in the Ryder Cup, edging Ray Floyd, who was 51 years, 20 days when he played on the 1993 U.S. team.