Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie - Ryder Cup Europe

Colin MontgomerieColin Montgomerie, known affectionately as ‘Monty’ is without doubt the best golfer never to have won a Major Title. He has been incredibly unlucky in these events, finishing in the top ten on ten occassions and as runner-up in five of them. His performances in the Majors could hardly be called failures however, he has performed fantastically well in all of them at one time or another. These results just form part of Monty’s glittering career. He has won 40 Tournaments worldwide, including 31 on the European Tour. He won the European Order of Merit Title for seven consecutive years between 1993-1999, and has never been beaten in Ryder Cup Singles. The really good news is that he is resurgent again.

After winning three important Amateur Tournament’s and having played in the Walker Cup team twice. ‘Monty’ turned professional in 1988, winning ‘Rookie’ of the year on the European Tour. His career flourished and he has gone on to win 40 Tournaments worldwide. He reached the top ten of the World rankings in 1994 and then spent 400 weeks there before losing his place. He actually got to number two player in the world during this period.

In his prime Montgomerie was considered one of the best drivers of the golf ball in the world and became a very precise iron player, often able to judge the distance he hit the ball exactly from long range.

His form fell away gradually in the new millennium, partly due to marriage problems, and his ranking slumped to 82nd in the world, but he came back strongly in 2005, winning a record eighth European Tour Order of Merit and returning to the top ten in the World Rankings. He also finished runner up to Tiger Woods in the British Open Golf Betting.

Montgomerie is one of the greatest Ryder Cup players of all time. He has been a member of the team on eight diferent occassions and one of the team’s main influences and natural leaders. He has a record of 20 wins, 9 defeats and 7 halves, he has never been beaten in the singles. He is only 1.5 points behind the all time points score record, held by Team Captain, Nick Faldo and this year he could overtake the mark. We are confident that Nick Faldo would be delighted.