"I really want to get my world ranking back. I feel I can get back into the top 50," Montgomerie said.
After leading Europe to victory over the United States earlier this month, the 47-year-old is eager to improve. "You're entering all the Majors and world events and that's where I want to be. That's a start. I'm four hundred and something. Bit by bit, we'll get back into the top 50.
"That's the first goal. I really want to try to play in the Ryder Cup again. Everybody who played, all 24, all of them were top 50 in the world.
"You know you have to be in the top 50 to play. We had nine of the top 10 in the world in the Ryder Cup which is fantastic," he said.
Speaking prior to the Asian Tour's Iskander Johor Open which begins today, he said: "I need to get the confidence back. I'm not confident on the course right now. Not enough. That comes from 66s and 67s. If I can get that, I don't need to beat balls all day long. I've never done it. I have relied on a natural rhythm in my swing.
"If I start with a 67, that's the first rung in a very long ladder. But at least it's the first step. I've just lost that confidence and that's what I need to gain," he added.