Colin Montgomerie - Irish Open Golf 2011
New Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie has won the Irish Open on three separate occasions in 1996. 1997 and 2001. His last victory in 2001 was won at Fota Island but that does feel like a long time ago now with his career starting to slip. Today it looks like Montgomerie is on the slide and his golfing career would appear to be running on empty, but in his hay day he was Europe's leading Golfer and would still attract some good money if he diecides to play at the Killarney Golf CLub this year.
In the ninties Montgomerie finished number 1 in the European order of Merit Betting for 7 consecutive years and it was during this time that he won the Irish Open at Druid's Glen in 1996 and 1997.
Colin is without doubt the best match play golfer Europe has ever produced and while Nick Faldo won the majors it was Colin who performed with great distinction in the Ryder Cup, he has never been beaten in the singles in that event which says a lot about the man. He was every bit as much of a team player as he was a individual. It is why he will be captain for the 2010 Ryder Cup and he will be busy preparing for that with the Celtic Manor matches drawing ever closer. Whether he plays or not in the Irish Open he will be watching the tournament very closely to see how his Ryder cup stars fare and what sort of form they are in.
Mongomerie's form for 2010 is at best described as modest, his ranking has continued to dip as he spends plenty of time preparing his Ryder Cup Team for Celtic manor. With all of his Ryder cup commitments it is hard to see him regaining his best form but on his day he can still put together a good round when needed.
His best form this season was shown at Sunningdale in June where he shot a magnificent 62 to see him qualify for his 21st consecutive Open Championship at St Andrews recently.