Monty's all smiles with name in the frame
He says he couldn't understand why we were there. It was his first answer in a process of stonewalling worthy of the finest political exponent.
We'd heard the news that his odds to become the next European Ryder Cup captain had tumbled. That was news to him too, but he seemed very comfortable handling the questions that followed.
Those answers constituted a string of unconvincing denials and the most telling response came when he was pressed on whether he would prefer to be a player in the match at Celtic Manor in 2010.
"All I have ever said is that I would like to help the European cause in any way shape or form in 2010," he said.
Well actually that's not what he has always said. This represents a subtle and significant shift that opens the way for the Scot to be Nick Faldo's successor.
He also confirmed that the issue of the captain's age had been discussed at length when the Tournament Committee met here on Tuesday.
The feeling was that Faldo at 50 was perhaps too far removed from the younger members of the team. Monty would be 51 in 2014 which is when he has always said he would like to be captain.
Could the discussion of this issue have led to the odds tumbling? Monty thought that might be the case.
He also confirmed the next meeting of the Tournament Committee will be on Wednesday January 28 and was categorical that an announcement would follow. This has since been confirmed by the European Tour.
"We have to get the best man for the job," Montgomerie reiterated.
Until now he has always championed the cause of fellow Scot Sandy Lyle. Again there was a subtle shift.
"I have always said it would be a great shame for Sandy not to get selected and it would be, but that's not my end decision. I'm just one voice on the committee," he said.
Appointing Montgomerie for Celtic Manor makes a lot of sense. It would free up Jose Maria Olazabal for the away match in 2012 and removes the age issue that would otherwise haunt Monty at Gleneagles in 2014.
It would be a big blow to Ian Woosnam supporters but it has been hard to detect any enthusiasm among the committee to re-appoint a former skipper.
After Montgomerie's second round 67 there were smiles and quips all round, autograph hunters were obliged and he was in his element, centre stage once again.
He didn't say anything that could be construed as letting the cat out of the bag in the 10 minutes he spent with us, but his body language and demeanour spoke volumes.