Colin Montgomerie

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Colin Montgomerie
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Colin Stuart Montgomerie OBE
Nickname Monty
Born (1963-06-23) 23 June 1963 (age 51)
Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence Dunning, Perthshire, Scotland
Spouse Eimear Wilson (1990–2006, divorced); 3 children
Gaynor Knowles (2008–present)
Children Olivia, Venetia, Cameron
Career
College Houston Baptist University
Turned professional 1987
Current tour(s) European Tour (joined 1988)
Champions Tour (joined 2013)
European Seniors Tour (joined 2013)
Professional wins 45
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 31 (4th all time)
Champions Tour 2
European Seniors Tour 5
Other 9
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T8: 1998
U.S. Open 2nd/T2: 1994, 1997, 2006
The Open Championship 2nd: 2005
PGA Championship 2nd: 1995
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2013 (member page)
Order of the British Empire
(Officer)
2005
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
1988
European Tour
Player of the Year
1995, 1996, 1997, 1999

Colin Stuart Montgomerie, OBE (born 23 June 1963) is a Scottish professional golfer. He has won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, including a streak of seven consecutively from 1993 to 1999. He has won 31 European Tour events, the most of any British player, placing him fourth on the all time list of golfers with most European Tour victories.

Montgomerie won three consecutive Volvo PGA Championships at Wentworth Club between 1998 and 2000. He has finished runner-up on five occasions in major championships and his career high world ranking is second.[1] He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.[2]

In June 2013, after turning 50, Montgomerie joined the Champions Tour, where he made his debut in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, one of the five senior major championships.[3] On 25 May 2014, Montgomerie won his first senior major championship at the Senior PGA Championship.[4] He followed this up on 13 July 2014, when he claimed his second senior major at the U.S. Senior Open.[5]

Early life[edit]

Although Scottish by birth and ancestry, he was raised in Yorkshire, England, where his father, James Montgomerie, was Managing Director of Fox's Biscuits.[6] He spent a number of years with the Ilkley Golf Club, where he was tutored by the past professional Bill Ferguson. He was educated at both Leeds Grammar School and Strathallan School, Perthshire. During his time in Leeds, he became a supporter of Leeds United,[7] but was also a loyal supporter of Glasgow Rangers. His father later became the secretary of Royal Troon Golf Club, one of Scotland's most famous clubs.

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. He won three important Scottish amateur tournaments – the 1983 Scottish Youths Championship, the 1985 Scottish Stroke Play Championship, and the 1987 Scottish Amateur Championship. He also played for Scotland twice in the Eisenhower Trophy (1984 and 1986) and for Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup twice (1985 and 1987). Before turning pro he considered a career in sports management, utilizing his degree in business management and law; the interview process included a golf outing that convinced the firm he should become a client rather than an employee.[8]

Career outline[edit]

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 Volvo PGA Championships at Wentworth, England.

Montgomerie first reached the top-10 in the Official World Golf Rankings in 1994, and spent almost 400 weeks in the top-10.[9] 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.[10] 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.

Despite the drop in form, his influence remained strong. In 2012, Montgomerie was named by the Golf Club Managers' Association's Golf Club Management magazine as the seventh most powerful person in British golf.[11]

OBE[edit]

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.

Current form[edit]

After re-forming his partnership with caddie Alastair McLean in 2004, the pair split again on 10 June, a week before the start of the U.S. Open. Montgomerie managed to win for the first time in nearly two years at the Smurfit Kappa European Open in July 2007, silencing the critics who suggested that he would not win again. In mid-2008 Montgomerie slipped out of the top 100 players in the world ranking system.[12]

A runner-up finish at the 2008 French Open in June boosted him back up the rankings, but his good play was short-lived, and as a result Montgomerie failed to qualify for Nick Faldo's 2008 Ryder Cup team. In March 2009, Montgomerie played in his milestone 500th European Tour event at the Open de Andalucia where he played well and made the cut, but was not a factor on the weekend.

After nearly two years without a top-10 finish, Montgomerie posted a final round of 68 for a share of 7th place in the 2011 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. In August 2012, Montgomerie finished tied for 6th at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, his highest finish in over four years.

Form at major championships[edit]

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 Montgomerie after he finished the 18th hole on Sunday.[13] 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 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.

Els defeated Montgomerie at the 1997 U.S. Open, played at Congressional Country Club. Montgomerie opened the tournament with a 65 but shot a 76 in the second round. A bogey on the 71st hole dropped Montgomerie one shot behind Els, who parred the last to win.

At the 2006 U.S. Open, played on the West course of the Winged Foot Golf Club, Montgomerie had yet another chance to win his first major championship. He stood in the middle of the 18th fairway in the final round having sunk an improbable 50-foot birdie putt on the 17th green, which put him in the joint lead with Phil Mickelson. While waiting in 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."[14] Geoff Ogilvy won the championship.

Montgomerie's best finish in the Masters Tournament came in 1998 when he finished tied for 8th.

At The Open Championship in 2001 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Montgomerie started brightly with an opening 65, and still remained ahead after 36 holes, but he 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.

Ryder Cup and other golf[edit]

practising before the 2004 Ryder Cup

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,[15] in what is considered to be his finest hour in the 2004 staging of the event.

Montgomerie was not part of Nick Faldo's 2008 Ryder Cup team, with the wildcards going to Paul Casey and Ian Poulter. 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.[16] On 4 October 2010, Montgomerie led the European team to victory, 14½ to 13½.[17] On the same day he also announced that he would be stepping down as captain of the European Team.[18] In December 2010, he accepted the BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year award as captain of the victorious Ryder Cup team.[19]

Montgomerie has 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. He 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.[citation needed]

Colin Montgomerie at the Austrian Open 2006

In 2011, Montgomerie was named president of the English junior golf charity, the Golf Foundation, and in 2012 the Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, named him as an ambassador for the Scottish junior golf programme, clubgolf.[citation needed]

Montgomerie was also a popular columnist for the Scottish golf magazine, Bunkered, between 2008 and 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Montgomerie met his first wife Eimear Wilson, from Troon,[6] when he was a good amateur and she was a promotions assistant. She was a 17-year-old law student at Edinburgh University and a spectator at an amateur championship in Nairn, at which Montgomerie destroyed the field.[20] The couple had three children (Olivia, Venetia, and Cameron), and lived in Oxshott, Surrey. In 2002, Eimear gave Montgomerie an ultimatum to choose between golf and marriage, resulting in Montgomerie spending 10 weeks alone before they agreed to try again.

In 2006, the couple finally broke up, with Eimear suing for divorce on grounds of unreasonable behaviour due to his obsession with golf,[21] claiming it left her suffering from anxiety and depression.[22] In 2006, the couple agreed to a clean break divorce settlement of £8 million, in return for Eimear giving up any claim on Colin's future earnings.[23][24][25]

Since the divorce, he has had various relationships, including Spanish model Ines Sastre,[26] and a divorced neighbour Jo Baldwin, whom he met on the school run.[27] Their split, he suggested, caused his worst run in his professional career.[28]

In 2007, Montgomerie announced his engagement to Scottish millionairess Gaynor Knowles. The couple wed on 19 April 2008 at Loch Lomond Golf Club.[29][30] On 8 July 2010, Montgomerie was granted a super injunction by Mr Justice Eady, which came to light when he attended a press conference at the 2010 PGA Championship in Wisconsin.[31]

Montgomerie has been successfully defended twice by celebrity driving solicitor Nick Freeman for traffic infractions and speeding. Montgomerie was acquitted the first time when the policeman who was said to have caught him travelling at 96 mph on the A3 near Esher, Surrey (a 70 mph road) at 12:50 am failed to attend court. Montgomerie's second acquittal saved him from a 56-day ban in November 2008, after Montgomerie was caught driving his Bentley Continental Flying Spur and failing to pay the fine. Freeman revealed that Montgomerie hated flying, and drove 55,000 miles per annum in part to visit his children.[32]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Professional wins (45)[edit]

European Tour wins (31)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 22 Oct 1989 Portuguese Open - TPC −24 (67-65-69-63=264) 11 strokes Australia Rodger Davis, Spain Manuel Moreno,
United States Mike Smith
2 4 Aug 1991 Scandinavian Masters −18 (68-65-70-67=270) 1 stroke Spain Seve Ballesteros
3 25 Jul 1993 Heineken Dutch Open −7 (68-73-71-69=281) 1 stroke Argentina José Cóceres, France Jean van de Velde
4 7 Nov 1993 Volvo Masters −10 (69-70-67-68=274) 1 stroke Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
5 15 May 1994 Peugeot Open de Espana −11 (70-71-66-70=277) 1 stroke England Richard Boxall, Zimbabwe Mark McNulty,
England Mark Roe
6 21 Aug 1994 Murphy's English Open −14 (70-67-68-69=274) 1 stroke England Barry Lane
7 28 Aug 1994 Volvo German Open −19 (65-68-66-70=269) 1 stroke Germany Bernhard Langer
8 27 Aug 1995 Volvo German Open −16 (69-64-68-67=268) 1 stroke Sweden Niclas Fasth, Scotland Sam Torrance
9 10 Sep 1995 Trophée Lancôme −11 (64-69-65-71=269) 1 stroke Scotland Sam Torrance
10 17 Mar 1996 Dubai Desert Classic −18 (67-68-67-68=270) 1 stroke Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
11 7 Jul 1996 Murphy's Irish Open −5 (69-69-73-68=279) 1 stroke Scotland Andrew Oldcorn, Australia Wayne Riley
12 8 Sep 1996 Canon European Masters −24 (64-71-61-63=260) 4 strokes Scotland Sam Torrance
13 8 Jun 1997 Compaq European Grand Prix −18 (69-68-68-65=270) 5 strokes South Africa Retief Goosen
14 6 Jul 1997 Murphy's Irish Open −15 (68-70-69-62=269) 7 strokes England Lee Westwood
15 25 May 1998 Volvo PGA Championship −14 (70-70-65-69=274) 1 stroke South Africa Ernie Els, Scotland Gary Orr,
Sweden Patrik Sjöland
16 13 Sep 1998 One 2 One British Masters −7 (70-72-70-69=281) 1 stroke Sweden Pierre Fulke, Argentina Eduardo Romero
17 27 Sep 1998 Linde German Masters −22 (65-68-66-67=266) 1 stroke Sweden Robert Karlsson, Fiji Vijay Singh
18 16 May 1999 Benson & Hedges International Open −15 (68-66-71-68=273) 3 strokes Argentina Ángel Cabrera, Sweden Per-Ulrik Johansson
19 31 May 1999 Volvo PGA Championship −18 (69-70-67-64=270) 5 strokes England Mark James
20 10 Jul 1999 Standard Life Loch Lomond −16 (69-65-70-64=268) 3 strokes Spain Sergio García, Sweden Michael Jonzon,
Sweden Mats Lanner
21 8 Aug 1999 Volvo Scandinavian Masters −20 (67-67-65-69=268) 9 strokes Sweden Jesper Parnevik
22 22 Aug 1999 BMW International Open −20 (69-65-64-70=268) 3 strokes Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
23 7 May 2000 Novotel Perrier Open de France −16 (71-68-65-68=272) 2 strokes England Jonathan Lomas
24 29 May 2000 Volvo PGA Championship −17 (67-65-70-69=271) 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, Scotland Andrew Coltart,
England Lee Westwood
25 1 Jun 2001 Murphy's Irish Open −18 (63-69-68-66=266) 5 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, Sweden Niclas Fasth,
Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
26 5 Aug 2001 Volvo Scandinavian Masters −14 (66-69-69-70=274) 1 stroke England Ian Poulter, England Lee Westwood
27 10 Nov 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia −3 (70-69-72-70=281) Shared* Germany Bernhard Langer
28 21 Mar 2004 Caltex Masters −16 (71-69-67-65=272) 3 strokes United States Gregory Hanrahan
29 2 Oct 2005 Dunhill Links Championship −9 (70-65-73-71=279) 1 stroke England Kenneth Ferrie
30 4 Dec 2005 UBS Hong Kong Open −9 (69-66-66-70=271) 1 stroke South Korea K.J. Choi, South Africa James Kingston,
Taiwan Lin Keng-chi, United States Edward Loar,
Thailand Thammanoon Srirot
31 8 Jul 2007 Smurfit Kappa European Open −11 (69-71-64-65=269) 1 stroke Sweden Niclas Fasth
  • Montgomerie and Langer agreed to share the 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia, after failing light caused play to halt after two holes of a playoff.
  • Montgomerie came first in the Volvo Bonus Pool every year from 1993 to 1998. The Volvo Bonus Pool was an extra tranche of prize money awarded at the end of each European Tour season from 1988 to 1998 to the regular members of the tour who had had the best performances over the season.

European Tour playoff record (0–5–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1991 Volvo PGA Championship Spain Seve Ballesteros Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1992 Volvo Masters Scotland Sandy Lyle Lost to par on first extra hole
3 1995 Murphy's English Open Republic of Ireland Philip Walton Lost to birdie on second extra hole
4 1998 Murphy's Irish Open England David Carter Lost to par on first extra hole
5 2002 Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe United States Tiger Woods Lost to par on third extra hole
6 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia Germany Bernhard Langer Playoff abandoned after two holes due to darkness; tournament shared

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1994 U.S. Open South Africa Ernie Els, United States Loren Roberts Els won with par on second extra hole after 18-hole playoff (Els:74, Roberts:74, Montgomerie:78)
2 1995 PGA Championship Australia Steve Elkington Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (9)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (2)[edit]

Legend
Senior major championships (2)
Other Champions Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 25 May 2014 Senior PGA Championship −13 (69-69-68-65-271) 4 strokes United States Tom Watson
2 13 Jul 2014 U.S. Senior Open −5 (65-71-74-69-279) Playoff United States Gene Sauers

Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2014 U.S. Senior Open United States Gene Sauers Won three-hole aggregate play off: (Montgomerie 5-3-4=12, Sauers 5-4-X)

European Seniors Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 1 Sep 2013 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters −10 (68-68-70=206) 6 strokes England Paul Wesselingh, Spain Miguel Ángel Martín
2 25 May 2014 Senior PGA Championship −13 (69-69-68-65-271) 4 strokes United States Tom Watson
3 13 Jul 2014 U.S. Senior Open −5 (65-71-74-69-279) Playoff United States Gene Sauers
4 31 Aug 2014 Travis Perkins Masters −12 (68-69-67=204) 10 strokes Switzerland André Bossert, Austria Gordon Manson
United States Tim Thelen
5 7 Sep 2014 Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) −14 (69-68-65=202) 3 strokes Canada Rick Gibson

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T37 T52 CUT T17 T39 T30 T8 T11
U.S. Open DNP DNP 3 T33 T2 T28 T10 2 T18 T15
The Open Championship T48 T26 CUT CUT T8 CUT CUT T24 CUT T15
PGA Championship DNP DNP T33 CUT T36 2 CUT T13 T44 T6
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T19 CUT T14 CUT CUT DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP
U.S. Open T46 T52 CUT T42 DNP T42 T2 CUT CUT DNP
The Open Championship T26 T13 82 WD T25 2 CUT CUT T58 CUT
PGA Championship T39 DQ CUT CUT 70 CUT CUT T42 CUT CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T68 DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP T69

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 5 15 9
U.S. Open 0 3 1 4 5 7 16 13
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 2 6 21 12
PGA Championship 0 1 0 1 2 3 20 10
Totals 0 5 1 6 10 18 72 44
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (1998 PGA – 2000 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1994 U.S. Open – 1994 Open Championship)

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R32 DNP R64 R64 R16 DNP R32 R32 R16
CA Championship T20 T25 NT1 T31 T51 DNP T3 T41 T55 T65
Bridgestone Invitational T30 T8 4 WD T23 T58 T9 DNP T41 77

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Yellow background for top-10.

Senior major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2014 Senior PGA Championship 1 shot lead −13 (69-69-68-65=271) 4 strokes United States Tom Watson
2014 U.S. Senior Open 4 shot deficit −5 (65-71-74-69=279) Playoff1 United States Gene Sauers

1Defeated Gene Sauers in a three-hole playoff: Montgomerie (5-3-4=12) and Sauers (5-4-x)

Results timeline[edit]

Results are not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2013 2014
The Tradition DNP T16
Senior PGA Championship DNP 1
Senior Players Championship T9 T15
U.S. Senior Open T30 1
The Senior Open Championship T21 2

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Week 45 2008 news Official World Golf Ranking site.
  2. ^ "Montgomerie, Schofield complete Hall of Fame class". PGA Tour. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Montgomerie makes debut on the Champions Tour". Golf Channel. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Colin Montgomerie wins Senior PGA
  5. ^ "Montgomerie wins U.S. Senior Open in playoff". PGA Tour. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b The Scotsman article on Montgomerie
  7. ^ Monty's Backing, LeedsUnited.com, 8 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008
  8. ^ "Colin Montgomerie". Desert Island Discs. BBC. 12 March 2000. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  9. ^ 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
  10. ^ "Montgomerie back in world top 10". BBC News. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Golf Power List 2012 Golf Club Management, July 2012
  12. ^ Official World Golf Ranking 1 June 2008
  13. ^ Diaz, Jaime (22 June 1992). "GOLF; Kite Beats the Elements, but It Isn't a Breeze". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  14. ^ The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations, ed. Jim Apfelbaum. 2007.
  15. ^ Montgomerie is widely credited as having holed the winning putt, although Ian Poulter birdied on the 15th hole of his match to guarantee a half-point and so mathematically win the Ryder Cup seconds before Montgomerie. This was commentated on by course commentators and Radio Five, whose Golf correspondent Ian Coulter recalled in the News of the World: "My editor said Poulter was three up seconds before Monty hit his putt. Then Colin's putt went in – you can imagine the situation. To have overruled his achievement would have been like trying to deny Alan Shearer a goal that went in off a defender." "This man won us Ryder Cup – not Monty" News of the World (London); 26 September 2004; Geoff Sweet; p. 75. Frank Keating of The Guardian also noted this chain of events, writing "radio logged the fact that it was not Montgomerie's putt which actually clinched the cup but Poulter's, a matter of seconds before and a few holes behind." "Golf, Cricket: Notes from the touchline" The Guardian; 24 September 2004; Frank Keating; p. 34
  16. ^ Monty to lead Europe at Ryder Cup
  17. ^ MacAskill, Sandy (4 October 2010). "Ryder Cup 2010 reaction: Graeme McDowell says pressure was 'bananas'". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  18. ^ Colin Montgomerie to step down as European captain
  19. ^ "Colin Montgomerie wins Sports Personality coach award". BBC Sport. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  20. ^ "The cruellest cut: Monty's marriage collapses in the final round". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 May 2004. 
  21. ^ Colin Montgomerie Divorce Settlement
  22. ^ Johnstone, Helen (11 September 2004). "Marriage left me depressed, says Monty's ex-wife". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  23. ^ Monty settles divorce row with £8m|This is Money
  24. ^ "Monty in £15m divorce settlement". BBC News. 2 February 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  25. ^ "Colin Montgomerie's divorce costs him £15m". 
  26. ^ The Sports Network
  27. ^ Kelso, Paul (18 July 2005). "Montgomerie happy to be back on track". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  28. ^ "Monty's poor run blamed on split with girlfriend"
  29. ^ Mair, Lewine (29 August 2007). "Colin Montgomerie's dinner engagement". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 9 April 2008. 
  30. ^ Mair, Lewine (31 October 2007). "Ernie Els can still be king of Europe". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 9 April 2008. 
  31. ^ Seamark, Michael (12 August 2010). "Golfer Colin Montgomerie wins gagging order over claims about his private life". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  32. ^ Clench, James (2 December 2008). "Monty zoomer beats drive ban". The Sun (London). Retrieved 2 December 2008. 

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