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Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie

Country: Scotland
Born: 23 June 1963
Residence: Perthshire, Scotland
Interests: Music, cars, DIY, films

Colin Montgomerie’s one of his generation’s most recognisable and endearing sports stars and is a true statesman of golf. Over the last two decades Colin has emerged as the undisputed leading European golfer. Colin, known affectionately to millions around the world as “Monty”, is one of Britain’s most admired sportsmen and has held centre stage in numerous tournament victories and in eight titanic Ryder Cup Matches as a player and in October 2010 he captained the victorious 2010 European Ryder Cup Team at Celtic Manor. After an illustrious Amateur career, the boy from Troon turned pro in 1987 and was Rookie of the Year in Europe in 1988. After his first (11 shot) victory on Tour at the Portuguese Open he has climbed up the European Money List progressively until in 1993 he became Europe’s No. 1, a position he retained for an unprecedented run of seven years and he has now earned more prize money than any British golfer in history.

Colin consistently ranked amongst the world’s best golfers, moving into the top 10 of the World Rankings in 1994. After being honoured with an MBE in 1998 the following year produced a record equalling five victories in Europe and he was never outside the Top 20 in any tournament. This is evidence of the fact that Colin rightly proved himself to be the most consistent golfer in the world during the 1990’s. Victory in the Novotel Perrier Open de France and his record breaking third successive victory in the Volvo PGA Championship ensured that Colin’s winning streak continued into 2000. Colin started his 2001 season in the best possible way by winning the Ericsson Australian Masters and in 2002, he won his first title in Asia, the TCL Classic in China, one week after sharing 1st place with Bernhard Langer in the 2002 Volvo Masters his 27thEuropean title.

At the Belfry in 2002, Colin led the European Ryder Cup Team from the front to a victorious win under Sam Torrance’s inspired captaincy. In much the same way as at the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline, he emerged as a figurehead for the Team and his self-control and outstanding performances drew accolades from across the sporting spectrum. This was again evident in the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at Oakland Hills in September 2004. Monty led from the start to finish, winning the first point for the Europeans with Padraig Harrington and holing the vital winning putt in his singles match, to give the Europeans their greatest Ryder Cup triumph over the USA. Colin sealed his eighth Order of Merit in 2005 after winning The Dunhill Links and finishing 2nd in the Open Championship at St Andrews, he also collected an OBE from Prince Charles. In 2006 Colin won the Hong Kong Open and finished a heartbreaking 2nd in the US Open at Winged Foot. The same year, Colin played a part in the European Team’s record-equalling win over the USA in Ireland in 2006 and won his singles match to remain unbeaten in eight Ryder Cup singles matches.

Colin has had 41 tournament victories around the world, his last win being the 2007 Smurfit Kappa European Open and he also won the 2007 World Cup for Scotland with Marc Warren. His most recent achievement was captaining the 2010 Ryder Cup Team at Celtic Manor, with the successful campaign ending in an excellent victory for the European Team. His was subsequently rewarded for this achievement by being voted BBC Sports Personality Coach of the year.

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