“The Ryder Cup. Is it a big thing?”
−Gaynor Knowles, Colin Montgomerie’s new bride
According to a rumor reported by Golf.com, the new Mrs. Colin Montgomerie uttered the above question to Monty. And he still married her. Must be true love.
Seriously, at this point in Montgomerie’s career another Ryder Cup is definitely a big thing for the aging pro. But Monty’s recent play has placed him at No. 30 on the European Ryder Cup Points List.
The only way we’ll likely see Colin in Louisville this September is if European Ryder Cup Captain Nick Faldo selects the slumping Englishman with one of his two captain’s picks.
The two have traded a few barbs in the press, such as this one from Faldo at last year’s Seve Trophy team competition:
“Monty’s a tough one. He was the only one whose emotions I had to deal with. He only came to two of the five team meetings, so that was disappointing.”
Here’s the thing, though. Montgomerie’s record in eight straight Ryder Cup appearances is phenomenal. His overall mark is 20-9-7, with a 6-0-2 singles record.
If I’m Faldo, I’m giving Monty one more shot. Patch things up with him, tell him to be a good teammate and let him play. He might just help you hold on to that Cup.
−The Armchair Golfer