|Full name||Colin Stuart Montgomerie OBE|
|Born||23 June 1963
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Spouse||Eimear Wilson (1990–2006, divorced)
Gaynor Knowles (2008–)
|Children||Olivia, Venetia, Cameron|
|College||Houston Baptist University|
|Current tour(s)||European Tour (joined 1988)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|European Tour||31 (4th all time)|
|Best results in Major Championships
|The Masters||T8: 1998|
|U.S. Open||2nd/T2: 1994, 1997, 2006|
|Open Championship||2nd: 2005|
|PGA Championship||2nd: 1995|
|Achievements and awards|
|Officer of the Most
Excellent Order of
the British Empire
Order of Merit winner
|1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005|
|Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
Player of the Year
|1995, 1996, 1997, 1999|
Colin Stuart Montgomerie, OBE (born 23 June 1963) is a Scottish professional golfer 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 both his extraordinary Ryder Cup performances as well as 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. His career high world ranking is second.
Although Scottish by birth and ethnicity, he was raised in Yorkshire, England, where his father James was Managing Director of Fox's Biscuits. Montgomerie spent a number of years at 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 but still remains a loyal supporter of Glasgow Rangers. His father would later become 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. In later years, many top young British golfers (e.g., Luke Donald) would follow Monty's path to United States universities.
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).
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 8 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 thirty one 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.
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. With his new caddie, Craig Connoly, Montgomerie managed to win for the first time in nearly 2 years at the European Open in July 2007, silencing the critics who have asserted he would not win again.
However his form has once again deserted him and in mid-2008 Montgomerie slipped out of the top 100 players in the world ranking system. A second place at the French Open in June boosted him back up the rankings, but his good play has been short lived, and as a result Montgomerie failed to qualify for Nick Faldo's Ryder Cup team.
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.
In 1994 Montgomerie lost in a three-man playoff to Ernie Els in 1994 at Oakmont Country Club (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.
Ernie Els was once again to get the better of Montgomerie three years later 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 sent Montgomerie one shot behind Els, who parred the last to win.
However, it was at the 2006 U.S. Open, 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 previous green, which took him into the lead. During the wait on the 18th fairway for the group in front to finish, Montgomerie switched his club from a six iron to a seven, assuming adrenaline would kick in. He hit a poor shot, coming up short and right into the thick rough. He pitched on 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."
At the 1995 PGA Championship, Montgomerie birdied the last three holes of the Riviera Country Club course in the final round to tie Steve Elkington at 17 under par. On the first playoff hole, after being in better position after two shots, Montgomerie missed his putt while Elkington holed from 35 feet to claim 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 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 mid way 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 8 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 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.
Montgomerie has often come under fire for his attitude on the golf course. He is noted for his lack of focus, and quite often becomes distracted by seemingly very minor incidents. As a result, it is quite commonplace for Montgomerie to ask scorers, marshalls, tv crew and members of the crowd to move or be silent during a round of golf. Compared to many of the other best players of his generation, this is quite unusual behaviour, as most other professionals tend to ignore these occurrences.
Due partly to his slumped shoulders, and droopy walking style, and wearing baggy pants, Montgomerie has also developed a reputation for being miserable on the golf course. When he is not playing his best golf, Montgomerie has down the years been quick to throw temper tantrums, often blaming those around him for his poor play. Despite this Montgomerie has become one of golfing public's most popular figures, and remains the fan favourite at the Open Championship, especially when it is held in Scotland.
Montgomerie's struggle to get on with the American galleries, is often cited as perhaps the reason he has failed to match his success in Europe with success in the United States.
Montgomerie met his Scottish ex-wife Eimear Wilson, also from Troon, when he was a good amateur and she was a promotions assistant. Eimear 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. The couple had three children (Olivia, Venetia, and Cameron), and lived in Oxshott in Surrey.
In 2002, Eimear gave Montgomerie an ultimatum to choose between golf and marriage, resulting in him 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 behavior due to his obsession with golf, claiming it left her suffering from anxiety and depression. In February 2006, following strong but denied rumours that she had grown close to actor Hugh Grant, the couple agreed to a clean break divorce settlement of £8 million, in return for Eimear giving up any claim on Montgomerie's future earnings.
Since the divorce, he has had various relationships, including Spanish model Ines Sastre, and a divorced neighbor Jo Baldwin whom he met on the school run. Their split, he suggested, caused his worst run in his professional career.
Montgomerie has been defended twice by celebrity driving solicitor Nick Freeman. The first time Montgomerie was acquitted when the policeman who was said to have caught him travelling at 96mph on the A3 near Esher, Surrey (a 70mph road) at 12:50am failed to attend court, making it impossible to prove that Montgomerie was driving. Freeman got him off a second time 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 55,000miles per annum in part to see his Surrey based children from his Scottish base.
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning Score||Margin of
|1||22 Oct 1989||Portuguese Open - TPC||-24 (67-65-69-63=264)||11 strokes|| Rodger Davis, Manuel Moreno,
|2||4 Aug 1991||Scandinavian Masters||-18 (68-65-70-67=270)||1 stroke||Seve Ballesteros|
|3||25 Jul 1993||Heineken Dutch Open||-7 (68-73-71-69=281)||1 stroke||José Cóceres, Jean Van de Velde|
|4||7 Nov 1993||Heineken Dutch Open||-10 (69-70-67-68=274)||1 stroke||Darren Clarke|
|5||15 May 1994||Peugeot Open de Espana||-11 (70-71-66-70=277)||1 stroke|| Richard Boxall, Mark McNulty,
|6||21 Aug 1994||Murphy's English Open||-14 (70-67-68-69=274)||1 stroke||Barry Lane|
|7||28 Aug 1994||Volvo German Open||-19 (65-68-66-70=269)||1 stroke||Bernhard Langer|
|8||27 Aug 1995||Volvo German Open||-16 (69-64-68-67=268)||1 stroke||Niclas Fasth, Sam Torrance|
|9||10 Sep 1995||Trophée Lancôme||-11 (64-69-65-71=269)||1 stroke||Sam Torrance|
|10||17 Mar 1996||Dubai Desert Classic||-18 (67-68-67-68=270)||1 stroke||Miguel Ángel Jiménez|
|11||7 Jul 1996||Murphy's Irish Open||-5 (69-69-73-68=279)||1 stroke||Andrew Oldcorn, Wayne Riley|
|12||8 Sep 1996||Canon European Masters||-24 (64-71-61-63=260)||4 strokes||Sam Torrance|
|13||8 Jun 1997||Compaq European Grand Prix||-18 (69-68-68-65=270)||5 strokes||Retief Goosen|
|14||6 Jul 1997||Murphy's Irish Open||-15 (68-70-69-62=269)||7 strokes||Lee Westwood|
|15||25 May 1998||Volvo PGA Championship||-14 (70-70-65-69=274)||1 stroke|| Ernie Els, Gary Orr,
|16||13 Sep 1998||One 2 One British Masters||-7 (70-72-70-69=281)||1 stroke||Pierre Fulke, Eduardo Romero|
|17||27 Sep 1998||Linde German Masters||-22 (65-68-66-67=266)||1 stroke||Robert Karlsson, Vijay Singh|
|18||16 May 1999||Benson & Hedges International Open||-15 (68-66-71-68=273)||3 strokes||Ángel Cabrera, Per-Ulrik Johansson|
|19||31 May 1999||Volvo PGA Championship||-18 (69-70-67-64=270)||5 strokes||Mark James|
|20||10 Jul 1999||Standard Life Loch Lomond||-16 (69-65-70-64=268)||3 strokes|| Sergio García, Michael Jonzon,
|21||8 Aug 1999||Volvo Scandinavian Masters||-20 (67-67-65-69=268)||9 strokes||Jesper Parnevik|
|22||22 Aug 1999||BMW International Open||-20 (69-65-64-70=268)||3 strokes||Pádraig Harrington|
|23||7 May 2000||Novotel Perrier Open de France||-16 (71-68-65-68=272)||2 strokes||Jonathan Lomas|
|24||29 May 2000||Volvo PGA Championship||-17 (67-65-70-69=271)||3 strokes|| Darren Clarke, Andrew Coltart,
|25||1 Jun 2001||Murphy's Irish Open||-18 (63-69-68-66=266)||5 strokes|| Darren Clarke, Niclas Fasth,
|26||5 Aug 2001||Volvo Scandinavian Masters||-14 (66-69-69-70=274)||1 stroke||Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood|
|27||10 Nov 2002||Volvo Masters Andalucia||-3 (70-69-72-70=281)||Shared*||Bernhard Langer|
|28||21 Mar 2004||Caltex Masters||-16 (71-69-67-65=272)||3 strokes||Gregory Hanrahan|
|29||2 Oct 2005||Dunhill Links Championship||-9 (70-65-73-71=279)||1 stroke||Kenneth Ferrie|
|30||4 Dec 2005||UBS Hong Kong Open||-9 (69-66-66-70=271)||1 stroke|| K.J. Choi, James Kingston,
Lin Keng-chi, Edward Loar,
|31||8 Jul 2007||Smurfit Kappa European Open||-11 (69-71-64-65=269)||1 stroke||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 also 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.
|The Open Championship||T48||T26||CUT||CUT||T8||CUT||CUT||T24||CUT||T15|
|The Open Championship||T26||T13||82||WD||T25||2||CUT||CUT||T58||CUT|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||R32||DNP||R64||R64||R16||DNP||R32||R32||R16|
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
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.