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Colin Montgomerie, of Scotland during the first practice day for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches, at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September 14, 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Colin Montgomerie, of Scotland during the first practice day for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches, at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September 14, 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Leader of the Pack


September 15, 2004

Colin Montgomerie, Europe's on-course General in the last Ryder Cup, will once again be looking to lead the pack when The 35th Ryder Cup Matches get underway on Friday.

As the most experienced playing member of the team with six Ryder Cup encounters under his belt, Montgomerie has adopted the role of teacher in the team room as he looks to further enhance his impressive Ryder Cup record.

"I do enjoy the competition," said Montgomerie. "It's obvious to everyone here to see and to witness, and I have enjoyed it over the years. I enjoy the position I have. I was leader of the pack in for a while through those seven years of mine and I took on that role towards the end of that time and have now. I think it is my character and my personality that comes out in this event."

Montgomerie credits his passion for winning, being paired with some premier partners and his love of The Ryder Cup for his outstanding record in the event.

The Scot has only lost seven times in 28 head to head duals against the Americans since his first Ryder Cup in 1991 at Kiawah Island and he will be looking to continue that form when he competes in his seventh Ryder Cup this week at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Montgomerie has not been defeated in singles, winning three and halving two, while two years ago he was unbeaten at The De Vere Belfry winning a near maximum four and a half points.

"One thing I am proud of is my singles, not having lost if you like. I've been very close a number of times but I haven't lost. And that record I am proud of. But I don't know why it should be. I don't like to lose, I don't think, and that's kept me going," said Montgomerie. His half with Mark Calcavecchia in 1991 after being four down with four to play simply highlights his desire not to be beaten.

Montgomerie made it into this year's team as one of Bernhard Langer's two Captain's picks. The German was no doubt assisted with his selection by memories of 2002 when he and Montgomerie won three and half points in the foursomes and fourball matches on Friday and Saturday.

"I think I have been very fortunate in the partners that I've managed to obtain over the years. Been very fortunate with the likes of playing with legends of European golf in Bernhard Langer and Nick Faldo for a while. I was lucky there. They taught me an awful lot," said Montgomerie.


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