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Profile: Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie
  • Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Residence: London, England
  • Birthdate: 23 Jun 1963
  • Age: 41
  • Turned Professional: 1987

Ryder Cup Record

1991, 1993, 1995, 1997. 1999, 2002
Played 28
Won 16
Lost 7
Halved 5

Career Victories

European Tour

28 - 1989: Portuguese Open - TPC 1991: Scandinavian Masters 1993: Heineken Dutch Open, Volvo Masters Andalucia 1994: Peugeot Open de Espana, Murphy's English Open, Volvo German Open 1995: Volvo German Open, Trophée Lancôme 1996: Dubai Desert Classic, Murphy's Irish Open, Canon European Masters 1997: Compaq European Grand Prix, Murphy's Irish Open 1998: Volvo PGA Championship, One 2 One British Masters, Linde German Masters 1999: Benson and Hedges International Open, Volvo PGA Championship, Standard Life Loch Lomond, Volvo Scandinavian Masters, BMW International Open 2000: Novotel Perrier Open de France, Volvo PGA Championship 2001: Murphy's Irish Open, Volvo Scandinavian Masters 2002; Volvo Masters Andalucia (tied) (play-off) 2004: Caltex Masters, presented by Carlsberg, Singapore 2004.


9 - 1996: Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge (Sun City) 1997; World Cup of Golf (Individual), Accenture World Championship of Golf, King Hassan II Trophy 1999: Cisco World Match Play Championship 2000; Skins Game (USA) 2001: Ericsson Masters, 2002 TCL Classic, 2003 Macau Open

Player Notes

Europe's on-course General during The 34th Ryder Cup Matches, Colin Montgomerie was a colossus at The De Vere Belfry in 2002 as he finished the week top scorer and unbeaten in steering Europe to a memorable victory.

Montgomerie won four and a half points out of a possible five, paving the way for a superb final afternoon with a convincing 5 and 4 victory over Scott Hoch in the top singles match, the effect of which filtered down through the European Team and inspired his teammates to glory. Montgomerie has never been beaten in a singles match.

Since making his debut in 1991, Montgomerie has been an ever present in The European Team and his selection by Bernhard Langer as a wild card is a huge boost to the European cause, his experience and leadership qualities making him a valuable asset both on the course and in the team room.

His first Ryder Cup point was earned in the company of his new Captain, Bernhard Langer, the pair combining in the 1991 fourballs to beat Steve Pate and Corey Pavin 2 and 1. It was a partnership that has materialised time and again in the subsequent five Ryder Cup Matches, and in their seven matches together, they have only lost once. Other partnerships with the likes of Nick Faldo and Paul Lawrie have proved equally fruitful.

Overall Montgomerie is the fourth highest points scorer in European Ryder Cup history with 18 1/2 points behind Nick Faldo, Langer and Seve Ballesteros, statistics which are sure to make him a vital cog in The European Team.


Used The Ryder Cup in 2002 as the platform to prove conclusively that his powers remained undiminished in his 40th year. In much the same way as he received unstinting praise for his leadership qualities on and off the golf course in The 1999 Matches, in which he accrued three and a half points, Montgomerie was the outstanding competitor at The De Vere Belfry. Beat Scott Hoch 5 and 4 to maintain unbeaten record in six Ryder Cup singles and was top points scorer in either side with four and a half out of five. Went on to finish 2002 strongly with his first victory in Asia - the TCL Classic in China - one week after sharing the Volvo Masters Andalucia with Bernhard Langer in the season ending event at Club de Golf Valderrama, his 27th European Tour title. Came close to adding number 28 but second places in the 60th Italian Open Telecom Italia and the Nordic Open was his best return in 2003. Looked like ending the year without a victory anywhere worldwide for the first time since 1992, but rescued the impressive statistic with victory in the Macau Open in October. Claimed his 28th European Tour title in March when winning the Caltex Masters, presented by Carlsberg, Singapore, 2004. Born in Scotland, raised in Yorkshire where father, James, was a company director. Attended Houston Baptist University. Father retired as Secretary of Royal Troon in 1997. Lost out in a play-off for 1994 US Open Championship, and was runner-up again to Ernie Els in 1997. Also defeated in sudden-death by Steve Elkington for the US PGA Championship in 1995. Attended investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November 1998 to receive MBE from Her Majesty The Queen. Won six times in 1999 to claim his seventh successive Volvo Order of Merit crown.

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