Scotland's Colin Montgomerie owns a 20-9-7 career record in the Ryder Cup. (Photo: Getty Images)
Montgomerie picked to lead Team Europe in 2010
Colin Montgomerie, a stalwart of eight European Ryder Cup teams, has been chosen as captain for the European team that will take on the Americans at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, The European Tour announced Wednesday. Montgomerie, 45, becomes the 22nd European Ryder Cup captain and the sixth Scotsman.
Colin Montgomerie has accepted an invitation from the Tournament Committee of The European Tour, ratified by The Ryder Cup Policy Board, to captain The European Team in The 2010 Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales, from October 1 to 3, 2010.
Montgomerie, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 23, 1963, becomes the 22nd golfer to captain a Ryder Cup Team against the United States and the sixth Scotsman, following in the footsteps of George Duncan (1929), John Fallon (1963), Eric Brown (1969 and 1971), Bernard Gallacher (1991, 1993 and 1995) and Sam Torrance (2002).
Montgomerie made the first of eight Ryder Cup appearances in 1991 and he was on the winning European Team in 1995, 1997, 2002, 2004 and 2006. In all he has played 36 matches with 20 wins and seven halved. He owns the phenomenal record of not having lost any of the eight singles he has played and shares the record for most singles matches won (six) and most singles points gained (seven).
Montgomerie succeeds Nick Faldo with the aim of regaining The Ryder Cup following a successful spell in which Europe defeated the United States on no fewer than seven occasions in 12 matches since 1985.
Europe's victories were achieved under the captaincies of Tony Jacklin (1985, 1987), Bernard Gallacher (1995), Seve Ballesteros (1997), Sam Torrance (2002), Bernhard Langer (2004) and Ian Woosnam (2006) while Jacklin presided over a halved match in 1989.
Montgomerie said: "This is the proudest moment of my career. I have enjoyed some wonderful times, not least of all playing in eight Ryder Cups and winning eight Harry Vardon trophies, but to be named The European Team Ryder Cup Captain is something to cherish. My wife, Gaynor, and I are absolutely delighted.
"The Ryder Cup has been a huge part of my life and the next 20 months leading up to the 2010 contest will be invigorating. I've enjoyed the thrill of playing under six superb Captains -- Bernard Gallacher, Seve Ballesteros, Mark James, Sam Torrance, Bernhard Langer and Ian Woosnam -- and every one brought something new to the table and contributed so much.
"After playing in eight successive matches it is difficult to explain how much I missed not being part of The Ryder Cup in 2008. Now I have the opportunity to captain a European Team seeking to regain the trophy and I am very pleased to be doing so at The Celtic Manor Resort, a venue with which I have a great affinity.
Team USA captain Corey Pavin passed along his congratulations to Montgomerie.
"I congratulate Colin on being selected as the Captain for the European squad for the 2010 Ryder Cup," Pavin said. "We have known each other for quite a long time and have competed against each other in a few matches. I am sure he will represent Europe very well."