Discussing Montgomerie's legacy in the Ryder Cup -- eight appearances, five wins, an unblemished record in singles as a player and now this victory as captain -- Westwood was cut short while pondering the possibility.
"It's difficult to talk about it when he's 15 feet down the table from me," Westwood said.
"I grew up watching Colin. ... Sorry, that's not meant in a bad way, that, Colin. It's not meant to make you feel old. But you know, unless he wants to do it next time, it's the cherry on the top, isn't it, when you can become a winning captain?"
Westwood barely finished talking when Montgomerie chimed in.
"I would just say to finish off that, that this is a one-hit time. I'm delighted that Europe have won this trophy, and I will not be doing this again, I can assure you," Montgomerie said.
"We have a number of fantastic vice captains, plus Jose Maria Olazabal, and one of those five, I'm sure, will be your next European Ryder Cup captain who will defend, hopefully defend the trophy at Medinah in 2012," he added. "It will not be me."