Colin MONTGOMERIE



Date of Birth - 23 June 1963

Place of Birth - Glasgow, Scotland

Turned Pro - 1988

Website - www.colinmontgomerie.com

European Tour Profile - Colin Montgomerie


Often referred to by one of his nicknames 'Monty', he has had one of the

 finest careers in European Tour history, having won a record eight Order of

 Merit titles, including a streak of seven consecutively from 1993 to 1999,

 and 31 European tour victories, placing him fourth on the all time list. He is

 renowned also for his superb Ryder Cup performances. Montgomerie also

 has the dubious distinction of being one of the most accomplished

 players never to have won a major championship, after finishing runner-

up on five occasions. Nor has he won an official tournament on the U.S.

 PGA Tour, unlike several of his main European rivals. His career high world

 ranking is second.

Montgomerie became one of the first British golfers to go to a United

 States college, attending Houston Baptist University, where he played on

the golf team and became its top player.

Montgomerie turned professional in 1988, and was named the Rookie of

 the Year on the European Tour that season. He quickly developed into

 one of Europe's top pros, winning his first event at the 1989 Portuguese

 Open by eight shots, and making his Ryder Cup debut in 1991. He finished

 first on the European Tour Order of Merit every year from 1993 to 1999 (a

 record for most consecutive Orders of Merit), and has 31 victories on the

 tour, including the 1998, 1999, and 2000 European PGA Championships.

 He first reached the top-10 in the Official World Golf Rankings in 1994, and

 spent almost 400 weeks in the top-10. His highest ranking was number

 two. In his prime Montgomerie was considered one of the best drivers of

 the golf ball in the world and became a very precise iron player, often

 able to judge the distance he hit the ball exactly from long range.

His form fell away gradually in the new millennium, partly due to marriage

 problems, and his ranking slumped to 82nd in the world, but he came

 back strongly in 2005, winning a record eighth European Tour Order of

Merit and returning to the top ten in the World Rankings. Late in 2005 he

 became the first man to win 20 million Euros on the European Tour,

 topping the European Tour's all-time highest earners list. He remained the

 leader in career earnings on the European Tour until 2010, when he was

 surpassed by Ernie Els.

At the end of 2004, Montgomerie was named an Officer of the Order of

 the British Empire in the New Year's Honours. He represents the Turnberry

 resort in Scotland, where there is a Colin Montgomerie Golf Academy.

Montgomerie is generally considered to be one of the best golfers never

 to have won a major championship, after finishing in second place on

 five separate occasions. During what most consider to be his best years in

 the 1990s Montgomerie had several close shaves. A third place at the

 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links was the first of these. He was

 prematurely congratulated by Jack Nicklaus who said "Congratulations

 on your first U.S. Open victory" to Monty after he finished the 18th hole on

 Sunday. Tom Kite, who was still on the golf course when Montgomerie

 finished, wound up winning the championship.

At the 1994 U.S. Open, played at Oakmont Country Club, Montgomerie

 lost in a three-man playoff to Ernie Els (a playoff which also included

 Loren Roberts). Famously, Montgomerie was left with only one shirt to play

 in during the Monday playoff, a dark tartan design, which did not help his

 cause in the very hot playing conditions. He shot 78 to trail the 74s shot by

 Els and Roberts, with Els eventually winning at the 20th extra hole.

At the 1995 PGA Championship, Montgomerie birdied the final three holes

 of the Riviera Country Club course in the final round, to tie Steve Elkington

 at 17 under par, which was a record low score in a major championship.

 On the first sudden-death playoff hole, after being in better position after

 two shots, Montgomerie missed his putt, while Elkington holed from 35

 feet to claim the title.

Ernie Els once again got the better of Montgomerie at the 1997 U.S. Open,

 played at Congressional Country Club. Montgomerie's 65 in the opening

 round is considered to be one of the finest rounds in U.S. Open history, but

 a 76 in the second round brought him back to the field. A bogey on the

 71st hole dropped Montgomerie one shot behind Els, who parred the last

 to win.

However, it was at the 2006 U.S. Open, played on the West course of the

 Winged Foot Golf Club, where Montgomerie had his best chance to win

 his elusive first major. He stood in the middle of the 18th fairway in the final

 round having sunk a 50-foot birdie putt on the 17th green, which put him

 in the lead. While waiting in a perfect position on the 18th fairway for the

 group in front to finish, Montgomerie switched his club from a 6-iron to a 7-

iron, assuming adrenaline would kick in. Once the wait was over, he hit the

 approach shot poorly, ending up short and right of the green, in thick

 rough. He pitched onto the green, and then three-putted from 30 feet to

 lose the tournament by one stroke. After the loss, Montgomerie said, "At

my age I've got to think positively. I'm 43 next week, and it's nice I can

 come back to this tournament and do well again, and I look forward to

 coming back here again next year and trying another U.S. Open disaster."

 Geoff Ogilvy won the championship.

Montgomerie has never performed really well at the Masters tournament,

 his best finish being tied 8th in 1998. Some would say this is not surprising, as

 great putting is not a strong feature of his game (this generally considered

 to be imperative in performing well at Augusta).

At The Open Championship, it is only in recent years that Montgomerie has

 shown signs of challenging to win. He started brightly in 2001 at Royal

 Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, with an opening 65, and still remained

 ahead after 36 holes, but fell away over the weekend. He was also in

 contention with two rounds to play at Muirfield in 2002 and Royal Troon

 Golf Club in 2004, but failed to capitalise and finished midway down the

 field. His best finish in the Championship came in 2005 at St Andrews,

 where he finished second to Tiger Woods, who beat him by five shots.

Despite his disappointments in the majors, Montgomerie is heralded as one

 of the greatest Ryder Cup players of all time. To date he has been a

 member of the European team on eight occasions, and has never lost in

 a singles match. He holds a win-lose-draw record of 20–9–7, thus giving

 him a total points scored tally of 23.5, only 1.5 points behind the all time

 record held by Nick Faldo. He has played pivotal roles in several of the

 matches. He halved the last hole with Scott Hoch to obtain the half point

 that won Europe the cup in 1997, and sank the winning putt, in what is

 considered to be his finest hour in the 2004 staging of the event.

Montgomerie captained the Great Britain & Ireland team in the first four

 stagings of the Seve Trophy, losing in 2000 but winning in 2002, 2003, and

 2005.

On 28 January 2009, it was announced that Montgomerie would be the

 captain the European team at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. On 4

 October 2010, Montgomerie led the European team to victory, 14½ to

 13½. On the same day he also announced that he would be stepping

 down as captain of the European Team. In December 2010, he

 accepted the BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year award as captain

 of the victorious Ryder Cup team.

Montgomerie has also been the playing captain of the European team in

 the Royal Trophy, played against a team from Asia. Europe was successful

 on both those occasions.

Montgomerie has the distinction of being the only person to have been a

 victorious player and captain in the Ryder Cup, Seve Trophy and Royal

 Trophy – the three main team golf competitions open to players from

 Europe.


ACHIEVEMENTS


Ryder Cup 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006

Alfred Dunhill Cup  1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998,

 2000

World Cup  1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008

Walker Cup 1985, 1987

Eisenhower Trophy 1984, 1986

St Andrews Trophy 1986

    Four Tours World Championship  1991

Seve Trophy  2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007

UBS Cup  2003, 2004

Royal Trophy  2010, 2011


1983 Scottish Youths Championship

    1985 Scottish Stroke Play Championship

    1987 Scottish Amateur Championship

1989  Portuguese Open

1991  Scandinavian Masters

1993  Heineken Dutch Open

1993  Volvo Masters

1994  Peugeot Open de Espana

1994  Murphy's English Open

1994  Volvo German Open

1995  Volvo German Open

1995  Trophée Lancôme

1996  Dubai Desert Classic

1996  Murphy's Irish Open

1996  Canon European Masters

    1996 Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge

1997  Compaq European Grand Prix

1997  Murphy's Irish Open

1997  Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf

1997  King Hassan II Trophy (Morocco)

1998  Volvo PGA Championship

1998  One 2 One British Masters

1998  Linde German Masters

1999  Benson & Hedges International Open

1999  Volvo PGA Championship

1999  Standard Life Loch Lomond

1999  Volvo Scandinavian Masters

1999  BMW International Open

1999 Cisco World Match Play Championship

2000  Novotel Perrier Open de France

2000  Volvo PGA Championship

2000 Skins Game (United States)

2001  Murphy's Irish Open

2001  Volvo Scandinavian Masters

2001 Ericsson Masters (Australia)

2002  Volvo Masters Andalucia

2002 TCL Classic (China)

2003 Macau Open (China)

2004  Caltex Masters

2005  Dunhill Links Championship

2005  UBS Hong Kong Open

2007  Smurfit Kappa European Open

2013 Travis Perkins plc Senior

2014 Senior PGA Championship

2014 U.S. Senior Open

2014 Travis Perkins Masters

2014 Russian Open Golf Championship


Wilson Tour bag used by Colin Montgomerie

Wilson Tour bag used by Colin Montgomerie

Calloway Tour bag used by Colin Montgomerie

Hogan Tour bag used by Colin Montgomerie

Tour bag used by Colin Montgomerie

Wilson Staff Ultra 45 Irons used by Colin Montgomerie

Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver used by Colin Montgomerie (signed)

Callaway Big Bertha 3 Wood used by Colin Montgomerie

Yonex Cyberstar Powerbrid 3 Wood used by Colin Montgomerie

Yonex Cyberstar Powerbrid 5 Wood used by Colin Montgomerie

Callaway Big Bertha 7 Wood used by Colin Montgomerie

Callaway X Tour Wedge used by Colin Montgomerie engraved ‘Monty’

Callaway X Tour Wedge used by Colin Montgomerie engraved ‘Monty’

Cleveland CG10 Wedge used by Colin Montgomerie

Yonex Cyberstar Wedge used by Colin Montgomerie

TaylorMade Rossa Long Beach Sport 7 Putter used by Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie’s own personal golf grip embossed ‘Monty’

Colin Montgomerie’s caddie’s bib from the Bell’s Scottish Open

Colin Montgomerie’s caddie’s bib from the Shell Houston Open (signed)

Colin Montgomerie’s caddie’s bib from the

2002 Dunhill Links Championship

Colin Montgomerie’s caddie’s bib from the

2007 Smurfit European Open

Colin Montgomerie’s caddie’s bib from the 2007 HSBC World Matchplay

Glove worn and signed by Colin Montgomerie

Ball played and signed by Colin Montgomerie

Personal logo Maxfli golf ball of Colin Montgomerie

Personal logo Hogan golf ball of Colin Montgomerie

Visor worn and signed by Colin Montgomerie

Jersey worn by Colin Montgomerie

Shirt worn and signed by Colin Montgomerie

Shirt worn and signed by Colin Montgomerie

Shirt worn and signed by Colin Montgomerie

Colin MONTGOMERIE’s European Team issue shirt for the 2010 Ryder Cup

Colin MONTGOMERIE’s European Team issue shirt for the 2010 Ryder Cup

Colin MONTGOMERIE’s European Team issue shirt for the 2010 Ryder Cup

Colin MONTGOMERIE’s European Team issue shirt for the 2010 Ryder Cup

Colin MONTGOMERIE’s European Team issue shirt for the 2010 Ryder Cup

Shoes worn by Colin MONTGOMERIE during the 2006 Irish Open

Shoes worn and signed by Colin MONTGOMERIE

Tie worn by Colin MONTGOMERIE at the 1993 Ryder Cup Victory dinner

Tee used by Colin MONTGOMERIE

Tees issued to Colin MONTGOMERIE at the 2006 Ryder Cup

Colin Montgomerie’s 4th Round scorecard from the 1992 US PGA

 Championship. Marked and signed by Bill Britton

Colin Montgomerie’s 4th Round scorecard from the 1997 Dubai Desert

 Classic.  Marked and signed by Bernhard Langer

Colin Montgomerie’s 2nd Round scorecard from the 2004 Daily Telegraph

 British Masters. Marked and signed by Nick Faldo

Colin Montgomerie’s 4th Round scorecard from the 2006 Barclays Scottish

 Open. Marked and signed by Sergio Garcia

Grant Waite’s 4th Round scorecard from the 1993 US Open

Marked and signed by Colin Montgomerie

‘The Real Monty’ written by Colin Montgomerie (signed)

‘The Thinking Man’s Guide to Golf’ written by Colin Montgomerie (signed)

‘The Thinking Man’s Guide to Golf’ written by Colin Montgomerie

‘How To Play Links Golf’ written by Colin Montgomerie

‘Monty’s Stroke Savers’ Instructional video featuring Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie’s European PGA Tour Member Clip 1999

Colin Montgomerie’s personal bag towel

Colin Montgomerie’s personal bag towel

Badge issued by Golf Digest for the 2002 US Open at Course at Bethpage Black

Original Oil Painting of Colin Montgomerie by Andrew Reid BA MFA

Odyssey Putter Headcover signed by Colin Montgomerie

Limited Edition Colin Montgomerie novelty headcover

ECCO Advertising featuring Colin Montgomerie

ECCO Advertising featuring Colin Montgomerie

Official Postage Stamp from Turkmenistan featuring Colin Montgomerie

Official Postage Stamp from Angola featuring Colin Montgomerie

Official Postage Stamp from Angola featuring Colin Montgomerie

Official Postage Stamp from Somaliland featuring Colin Montgomerie

Official Postage Stamp from Abkhazia featuring Colin Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Shirt Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Shirt Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Shirt Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Shirt Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Shirt Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card (signed)

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card (signed)

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card (signed)

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card (signed)

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card (signed)

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Upper Deck Card

Colin Montgomerie Pro Set Card

Scorecard from Rowallan Golf Course designed by Colin Montgomerie.

Uniquely, Rowallan Castle also boasts a 19th hole... "The Decider" should a

 match be all level after the 18th