Team Info

2010 Ryder Cup

Team Europe Captain Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie has thrived in many arenas during a glittering career of record breaking individual success. Yet, it is his achievement in a team event which unquestionably best defines the passion and pride of this unique sporting figure.

Representing Europe in eight Ryder Cup matches, he was never beaten in a singles contest, but his influence in a period of unprecedented European success runs much deeper than that.

Montgomerie has been the catalyst, the leader and the closer.  He is the most talked about European golfer of his generation and even though, in The Ryder Cup, he was only ever one individual of a dedicated dozen, he would invariably come to the fore.

Perhaps this was best illustrated in the 2004 contest at Oakland Hills where the talismanic Scot had been the grateful recipient of a wildcard selection. Captain Bernhard Langer did not dare take on the Americans in their own backyard without him.

Montgomerie started and finished the job.  Partnering Padraig Harrington to a 2 and 1 victory in the opening match against the American ‘dream-team’ of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, he helped set the tone for a stunning three days in Detroit. When he then holed the winning putt on the final green in Sunday’s singles to edge out the doughty David Toms, Montgomerie ensured the trophy would remain in European hands.

It was little wonder that, during the press conference which followed the 18 ½ - 9 ½ victory, Langer’s Team rose as one to applaud the man who had long since been Europe’s rock. His eleven peers, players he had often beaten over the years on The European Tour, were determined to show the world precisely what he meant to his continent.

Born in Glasgow in June 1963, Colin Stuart Montgomerie OBE grew into a colossus of the European game with 31 Tour victories to his name. All that has ever been missing is a Major title. Twice he has lost play-offs, in the 1994 US Open Championship and in the US PGA Championship the following year. He has been runner up in two more US Opens and in The Open Championship at St Andrews in 2005, the year he claimed his record eighth Harry Vardon Trophy as European Number One.

They say golfing greatness is defined by the Majors, but Montgomerie is perhaps the exception to that rule. Despite winning all of The European Tour’s biggest prizes, The Ryder Cup – where he has starred in a record equalling five victories – provides the Scot with his greatness.

No-one who was there will ever forget the way he held his nerve at Club de Golf Valderrama in 1997 to secure a half point and the overall victory for Europe in a tense singles decider against Scott Hoch. He also revelled in the responsibility of being sent out first in the singles matches by skipper Sam Torrance at The Belfry in 2002, once again coming up against that man Hoch, but this time trouncing him 5 and 4.   Crucially, he did the same job to similar effect for Ian Woosnam at The K Club in 2006 where once again David Toms was his victim on the final green.

Now it is Montgomerie’s turn to decide the batting order. The European Tour’s Tournament Committee jumped at the chance of appointing him Captain as soon as he made it clear he would be up for the job at The Celtic Manor Resort. He will lead Europe with the passion that has been the hallmark of his Ryder Cup career.

Pride of place in his Perthshire home is a unique plinth that displays the eight Harry Vardon Trophies he has amassed since 1993. Victory in Wales might just prompt an alteration, with space being made for a replica of Samuel Ryder’s famous golden chalice, a trophy that, in so many ways, defines this extraordinary golfing figure.

Iain Carter
BBC Radio Five Live

Reproduced by kind permission of The European Tour Yearbook 2010

Montgomerie, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 23, 1963, is 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 succeeded 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.

Full Name: Colin Stuart Montgomerie, OBE
23.6.63; Glasgow, Scotland
6ft in 15st (185cm 95kgs)
Wife: Gaynor (m. 2008); Children: Olivia (1993), Venetia (1996), Cameron (1998)
Music, cars, reading, films
Turned Professional:
1987 (plus 3)
Qualifying School:


Ryder Cup History

Appearances: 1991, 93, 95 (winners), 97 (winners), 99, 02 (winners), 04 (winners), 06 (winners), 2010 (Captain)
RECORD Played Won Lost Halved
Overall 36 20 9 7 Total points: 23 1/2
Singles 8 6 0 2
Foursomes 14 8 3 3
Fourballs 14 6 6 2

Ryder Cup Playing Record

Kiawah Island: USA 14 Europe 13
Day 1 Foursomes Gilford/Montgomerie lost to Wadkins/Irwin (4 and 2)
Day 2 Fourballs Langer/Montgomerie def. Pavin/Pate (2 & 1)
Final Day Singles Montgomerie halved with Calcavecchia
The Belfry: Europe 13 USA 15
Day 1 Foursomes Faldo/Montgomerie beat Floyd/Couples (4 and 3)
Day 1 Fourballs Faldo/Montgomerie halved with Azinger/Couples
Day 2 Foursomes Faldo/Montgomerie beat Wadkins/Pavin (3 and 2)
Day 2 Fourballs Faldo/Montgomerie lost to Cook/Beck (2 holes)
Final Day Singles Montgomerie beat Janzen (1 hole)
Oak Hill CC: USA 13 Europe 14
Day 1 Foursomes Faldo/Montgomerie lost to Pavin/Lehman (1 hole)
Day 1 Fourballs Faldo/Montgomerie lost to Couples/Love III (3 and 2)
Day 2 Foursomes Faldo/Montgomerie beat Strange/Haas (4 and 2)
Day 2 Fourballs Faldo/Montgomerie lost to Faxon/Couples (4 and 2)
Final Day Singles Montgomerie beat Crenshaw (3 and 1)
Club de Golfe Valderrama: Europe 14 USA 13
Day 1 Foursomes Langer/Montgomerie beat Woods/O'Meara (5 and 3)
Day 1 Fourballs Langer/Montgomerie lost to Woods/O'Meara (3 and 2)
Day 2 Foursomes Montgomerie/Langer beat Janzen/Furyk (1 hole)
Day 2 Fourballs Montgomerie/Clarke beat Couples/Love III (1 hole)
Final Day Singles Montgomerie halved with Hoch
The Country Club: USA 14 Europe 13
Day 1 Foursomes Montgomerie/Lawrie beat Duval/Mickelson (3 and 2)
Day 1 Fourballs Montgomerie/Lawrie halved with Love III/Leonard
Day 2 Foursomes Montgomerie/Lawrie lost to Sutton/Maggert (1 hole)
Day 2 Fourballs Montgomerie/Lawrie beat Pate/Woods (2 and 1)
Final Day Singles Montgomerie beat Stewart (1 hole)
The Belfry: Europe 15 USA 12
Day 1 Fourballs Montgomerie/Langer beat Hoch/Furyk (4 and 3)
Day 1 Foursomes Montgomerie/Langer halved with Mickelson/Toms
Day 2 Foursomes Montgomerie/Langer beat Verplank/Hoch (1 hole)
Day 2 Fourballs Montgomerie/Harrington beat Mickelson/Toms (2 and 1)
Final Day Singles Montgomerie beat Hoch (5 and 4)
Oakland Hills CC: USA 9 Europe 18
Day 1 Fourballs Montgomerie/Harrington beat Mickelson/Woods (2 and 1)
Day 1 Foursomes Montgomerie/Harrington beat Love III/Funk (4 and 2)
Day 2 Fourballs Montgomerie/Harrington lost to Cink/Love III (3 and 2)
Final Day Singles Montgomerie beat Toms (1 hole)
The K Club: Europe 18 USA 9
Day 1 Fourballs Harrington/Montgomerie lost to Woods/Furyk (1 hole)
Day 1 Foursomes Westwood/Montgomerie halved with Mickelson/DiMarco
Day 2 Foursomes Montgomerie/Westwood halved with Campbell/Taylor
Final Day Singles Montgomerie beat Toms (1 hole)
1989 Portuguese Open - TPC
1991 Scandinavian Masters
1993 Heineken Dutch Open, Volvo Masters Andalucia
1994 Peugeot Open de Espaa, Murphy's English Open, Volvo German Open
1995 Volvo German Open, Trophe Lancme
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
2005 dunhill links championship
2006 UBS Hong Kong Open
2007 Smurfit Kappa European Open
1997 World Cup of Golf (individual), Accenture World Championship of Golf
1999 Cisco World Match Play Championship
2001 Ericsson Masters (AUS)
2002 TCL Classic (CHN)
2003 Macau Open
1996 Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge (RSA)
1997 King Hassan II Trophy (MOR)
2000 Skins Game (USA)
1985 Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship
1987 Scottish Amateur Championship

Teams and Awards

Ryder Cup: 1991, 93, 95 (winners), 97 (winners), 99, 02 (winners), 04 (winners), 06 (winners), 2010 (Captain)
Alfred Dunhill Cup: 1988, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95 (winners), 96, 97, 98, 00
World Cup: 1988, 91, 92, 93, 97 (individual winner), 98, 99, 06, 07 (winners)
4 Tours World Championship: 2000 (Captain), 02 (Captain) (winners), 03 (Captain) (winners), 05 (Captain (winners), 07 (winners)
UBS Cup: 2003, 04
Walker Cup: 1985, 87
Eisenhower Trophy: 1984, 86
St Andrews Trophy: 1986 (winners)
Youths, Seniors 1983-87
1988 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year
1993, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 05 Harry Vardon Trophy
1995, 96, 97, 99 European Tour Golfer of the Year
1996, 97 European Tour Shot of the Year
1996 AGW Trophy
2001, 02, 05 Tooting Bec Cup
2005 Braid Taylor Memorial
1997 Honorary Member of The European Tour
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