Colin Montgomerie has a playing record which is only bettered by a very few in the history of golf. The only thing missing is of course a ¢Major¢ Championship title, which has eluded him throughout his career and earned him the tag of the ¢Best Player Never to have won a Major¢. Nonetheless, ¢Monty¢as he is known throughout the golfing world has been a major influence on the game, particularly so in Europe where he has won the coveted European Order of Merit on eight occasions.
He has won over 40 professional tournaments and has been second or tied second in three out of four Major Championships. In fact he has finished second three times in the US Open and at what time he was ranked the number two player in the world. In total he has spent 400 weeks in the top ten of the World Rankings.
His Ryder Cup record is amazing in that he has never lost a singles match, winning six and halving two in eight appearances. He has a total win-lose-halve record of 20-9-7, giving him a total of 23.5 points which makes him second only to Sir Nick Faldo in the all time European Ryder Cup points scorer list.
¢Monty¢ was always an obvious choice as captain of the Ryder Cup team, he has been a huge influence down the years and he will be a huge influence too in his non-playing role.
Ryder Cup Wild Cards
Montgomerie picked Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Edoardo Molinari as his three wildcard selections following the Johnnie Walker Championship at the end of August. Harrington was deemed to be the most controversial of Montgomerie's picks as his form has been off since winning his second Open Championship a couple of years ago. Luke Donald has a very strong Ryder Cup record and Edoardo Molinari played his way into Monty's thoughts with a fine win at Gleneagles. Paul Casey and Justin Rose were the unlucky duo to miss out.
Ryder Cup Playing Record
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