Colin Montgomerie player biography


Full name: Colin Stuart Montgomerie, OBE
Residence: Scotland
Birthdate: 23.06.63
Turned pro: 1987


In January 2009, Colin Montgomerie was unveiled as the European Team Captain for the Ryder Cup, which is taking place at The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.

It seems that The Ryder Cup has always been in his blood, as he's represented Europe in eight Ryder Cups as a player and, in 2006, became the second European golfer behind Bernhard Langer to play in five successful Ryder Cup Teams.

In 2002 at The Belfry, he was top scorer with four-and-a-half out of five points and he holed the winning putt at Oakland in 2004. In total he has secured 23.5 points from 36 matches, and he is the third highest points scorer in European history. He also holds the record as the most prolific British winner in European Tour history, with 31 titles.

However, his most historic success came in July 2007, when he ended a 19-month winless streak with a victory at The European Open at The K Club. In doing so, he surpassed Nick Faldo’s previous Tour record of 30 wins.

He won an unprecedented eighth Order of Merit title in 2005.

In 1998 he attended an investiture ceremony held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE, which was was ‘upgraded’ to an OBE in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List.



Colin Montgomerie Swing Sequence

I used to say "I hit a driver, 8-iron at the 5th, but I realised pretty quickly that such boasting means nothing. You must learn that what it says on the bottom of the club is irrelevant to scoring.

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Colin Montgomerie Putting tips

In 2004, I was given the opportunity to hole the winning putt at the Ryder Cup. It was on the last green at Oakland Hills and it was a curling five footer - one horrible distance whatever your handicap because those are expected to go in.

Once I'd agreed with Alister, my caddie, that it was right lip, I walked up to the putt repeating to myself "I've done this thousands and thousands of times".

I take no more than four seconds to hit a putt, any longer and doubt can creep in. I didn't think about anything at Oakland Hills other than repeating that mantra. It can help you, too.

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