Born: June 23, 1963
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Weight: 198 lbs
Turned Pro: 1987
Although one of the best International golfers of his time, Montgomerie has never seemed to get the respect he deserves in North America. Fans used to make a point of heckling him at tournaments, especially U.S. Opens and Ryder Cups, to try and get Monty riled up. Unfortunately their tactics were successful more times than not.
Despite racking up 37 wins internationally, Colin Montgomerie has never won on American soil and has never won a major. These are perhaps the only two blemishes in an otherwise splendid career.
Monty has been a dominant player throughout his career. He finished first on the European Tour Order of Merit seven consecutive years from 1993 to 1999 and only three times in his career has he finished outside of the top 25 on the Order of Merit. He has played in every Ryder Cup since 1991 and has been one of Europe's most prolific point getters in the history of the event. He is almost a sure thing to succeed Nick Faldo as the European Captain in 2010.
After struggles on and off the course in the last two years Colin has made it a point to get in shape and play better. He has declared that he will again compete for a major in 2005 and work to get back to the top of his game. It would be nice to see him win one before he calls it a career!
*as listed on www.colinmontgomerie.com
1983 Scottish Youths 1984 Eisenhower Trophy 1985 Walker Cup Scottish Stroke Play Championships 1986 Eisenhower Trophy 1987 Walker Cup Scottish Amateur Championships, Nairn 1988 Turned Professional – Tour Rookie of the Year Alfred Dunhill Cup (Scotland) World Cup (Scotland) 1989 Portuguese Open 1990 Married Eimear Wilson 1991 Scandinavian Masters Ryder Cup (Europe) Alfred Dunhill Cup World Cup (Scotland) Four Tours World Championship (winning team) 1992 Alfred Dunhill Cup (Scotland) World Cup (Scotland) 1993 Heineken Dutch Open Volvo Masters Alfred Dunhill Cup Ryder Cup World Cup Order of Merit (No.1) 1994 Peugeot Open de Espana US Open Play Off Murphy’s English Open Volvo German Open Alfred Dunhill Cup Order of Merit (No. 2) 1995 USPGA Championship Play Off Volvo German Open Trophee Lancome Alfred Dunhill Cup, Scotland Winners Ryder Cup (Europe – winners) Order of Merit (No. 3) 1996 Dubai Desert Classic Murphy’s Irish Open Canon European Masters Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge Alfred Dunhill Cup Honorary Membership Roya Troon Order of Merit (No. 4) 1997 Compaq European Grand Prix Murphy’s Irish Open Ryder Cup (Europe – winners) Hassan II Trophy Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf World Cup Individual Winner World Cup (Scotland) Alfred Dunhill Cup (Scotland) Order of Merit (No. 5) 1998 Volvo PGA Championship One 2 One British Masters Linde German Masters Alfred Dunhill Cup (Scotland) World Cup (Scotland) Order of Merit (No. 6) MBE 1999 Benson & Hedges International Open Volvo PGA Championship The Standard Life Loch Lomond Invitational Volvo Scandinavian Masters BMW International Open Cisco World Match Play Championship Ryder Cup (Europe) World Cup (Scotland) Order of Merit (No. 7) 2000 Novotel Perrier Open de France Volvo PGA Championship The Skins Game (USA) Seve Trophy (Captain) Alfred Dunhill Cup (Scotland) Honorary Degree St Andrews 2001 Ericsson Australian Masters Murphy’s Irish Open Volvo Scandinavian Masters 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia TCL Classic Seve Trophy (Captain) Ryder Cup (Europe – winners) Publication of The Real Monty 2004 Caltex Masters Presented by Carlsburg Ryder Cup (Europe-Winners)
Whether coincidence or not, Monty seems to have started to play better since signing an endorsement deal with Yonex. Monty plays almost a full bag of Yonex clubs and says he has been really impressed by the performance of the clubs.
Montgomerie was one of the very first professional golfers to use a composite driver when he put the Yonex Cyberstar PowerBrid into play shortly after signing with Yonex. The driver has a 400-cc head with a composite crown and Monty uses 10.5 degrees loft. The driver has a Yonex Tour Prototype graphite shaft in it. You will notice that all the grips on Montgomerie's clubs are black and red, these are the new Golf Pride Decade Cord grips.
Montgomerie carries a Yonex Cyberstar PowerBrid 3-wood as well. Like the driver, the 3-wood also has a composite crown but it has a stainless steel body. Also like the driver, Monty uses a Yonex Tour graphite shaft in it. The 3-wood has 15-degrees loft.
Colin also carries a PowerBrid 19-degree 5-wood but lately he has also used a Taylor Made Rescue Mid 19 degree instead.
His irons are the new Yonex Cyberstar with, you guessed it, Yonex Tour graphite shafts. He carries the irons from 2-9. These are a somewhat odd choice for a ball-striker of Monty's ability because they are a very large iron that dampens a lot of vibrations but he really likes the performance of them.
Interestingly, Monty carries only two wedges in his bag. Both are Callaway Forged wedges and they are the only clubs along with his putter that have a steel shaft in them.
Montgomerie is a player who has had success switching to a bellyputter. He sometimes uses the Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Blade model but usually sticks with the White Hot Mid style.
Montgomerie plays a Callaway HX Tour golf ball.