Colin Montgomerie OBE

Colin Montgomerie OBE

Scottish Golfing Legend

Synopsis

The ex-Ryder Cup captain has been one of the most recognisable names in golf since his first appearance in the Top 10 in 1994. Monty reveals the challenges at Celtic Manor, how their tactics played out, and how he helped the team rise to the big occasion.

Biography

Colin Montgomerie first reached the top ten in the world golf rankings in 1994. Although he never won a major, he reached the number two slot and retained his place amongst the elite for nearly 400 weeks. He finished first on the European Tour Order of Merit every year from 1993 to 1999, achieving 31 victories including three European PGA Championships.

In his prime Monty was considered one of the best drivers in the game. He also turned into a very accurate iron player, often able to judge distances exactly from long range. All this helped him become the first to win €20m on the Tour.

But Colin is best known as one of the greatest Ryder Cup players in history. A member of the European team on eight occasions, he never lost a singles match - clocking up a total points tally of 23.5, only 1.5 points behind Nick Faldo. In 97 he halved the final hole to obtain the half point that clinched victory, and seven years later sank the winning putt at Oakland Hills in what many consider to be his finest hour.

Then in October 2010 Colin took on the role of captain, leading his team to a famous victory by 14½ to 13½ before being crowned BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year.

In presentations and Q&A Monty uncovers the leadership challenges on and off the Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor. He explains how his game plan and tactics were played out, and how he structured the team to rise to the occasion. He also talks openly about what motivates him.

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