Although Scottish by birth, Monty was raised in Yorkshire. He has won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, including seven consecutively from 1993 to 1999. He has won the most European Tour events of any British player.
Engaging, enlightening, unmissable, quotable, sometimes irritable, metronomically consistent and enigmatic, Monty personifies European golf. Impossible to ignore, wherever he played, there was just something about Monty that add a little extra edge in the US, or against them.
While he admits himself that he never felt as comfortable playing in America as he did in Europe, where he was the undisputed No 1, it was a different story in the Ryder Cup. Over eight consecutive appearances in the Ryder Cup, starting in 1991 with the War on the Shore and ending at the K Club in 2006, he utterly relished the role of Europe’s on-course leader.
He won 20 and halved seven of his 36 matches, a truly epic record. In addition, he was never beaten in the final-day singles. Montgomerie also captained the winning European team at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, leading his team to victory over the Americans by 141⁄2 to 131⁄2, in what proved to be a rain soaked tournament with the single matches being delayed from the Sunday to the Monday.
Famous for his ultra-reliable fade and brisk playing style, Monty simply hit more fairways and greens than his rivals. Off the course, Monty is never short of an opinion – and don’t the media love him for it to this day.
|Ryder Cup Captain||2010|
|Ryder Cup Player||8|
|European Tour Wins||31|
|PGA Tour Wins||1|
|European Tour Order of Merit Winner||8|
|Senior Tour Majors||3|
|European Senior Tour Wins||6|
|Champions Tour Wins||4|
|Highest World Ranking||2|