Ryder Cup LogoRyder Cup: Team USASeptember 22-24 2006, The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland
Story Image Colin Montgomerie leads from the front.

Montgomerie Secures Europe's first point

Europe's on-course general Colin Montgoemrie produced another towering performance to win his singles match over David Toms and edge Europe a point closer to victory.

Rod Williams, Press Officer
24 September 2006

Colin Montgomerie’s remarkable singles record remains intact as once again he led from the front to claim the first point for Europe with a final hole victory over David Toms in the top match.

Montgomerie is now undefeated in eight singles matches after another tremendous performance at The K Club. HIs record of seven points from singles after six wins and two halves, equals the record, as does his tally of six wins. Montgomerie also moves into third place in the European all-times points list.

“That’s eight times and I will have to see if I can qualify for the next one. We are looking good and the crowds have been fantastic. The reception we got on the first tee was sensational.

"After the third hole I was never down and it was important to for the team to see that blue at the top of the leaderboard. I managed to keep a record I am very proud of."

Montgomerie’s win takes Europe a point closer to winning The Ryder Cup for an unprecedented third successive time and with Europe up in seven matches on the course, they remain firmly in control.

The first points of the day went to America with Stewart Cink holing another huge putt to defeat Sergio Garcia 4 and 3. Cink was in outstanding form, birdieing seven of the 15 holes they played to deny Garcia a clean sweep in The 2006 Ryder Cup after the Spanish matador had won maximum points on the previous two days.

But the leaderbaord remains a sea of blue with Paul Casey, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood in particular in devastating form. Casey is playing remarkable golf in going three up over Jim Furyk, Clarke moving three up on Zach Johnson and Lee Westwood rolling in five birdies in the first seven holes to go five up on Chris DiMarco.

Needing just four and a half points to win The Ryder Cup, Europe are in a commanding position.

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