Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Aye, Aye, Captain Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie has been named captain of the European Ryder Cup team for 2010.

The 2010 Ryder Cup is still 20 months away but it officially became more entertaining today when rumors were confirmed with the announcement that Colin Montgomerie will captain the European team in the matches at Celtic Manor in Wales.


No one does golf drama better than Monty.

Tiger has his fist pump. Phil has his smile. Monty has his lower lip.

You’ve seen it, pushed up like a 4-year-old’s who’s just had his candy taken away.

That’s Monty, who does for golf chatter what Lindsay Lohan does for ‘Entertainment Tonight.’

I happily admit I’m a Monty fan.

In fact, I still have my ‘Be Nice To Monty’ button on display in the office.

He’s been one of the best players of his generation despite the obvious knock on him that he hasn’t won on the PGA Tour nor captured a major championship.

True, those are glaring voids. Monty owes Mickelson a thank you for throwing away the 2006 U.S. Open or we’d still be fixated on how Monty blew it himself on the 72nd hole.

But he’s won the European Tour’s Order of Merit eight times and been absolute money in the Ryder Cup.

Monty has passion and that’s what the Ryder Cup is about. He knows he’s a character but he also knows how and why the Ryder Cup matters, especially to the Europeans.

There are already questions about how the European players will react to Monty, particularly in light of a controversial rules question he was involved with a couple of years ago.

They’ll be fine with their new captain. He’s a different bird but that’s OK.

Captain Montgomerie – it has a nice ring to it.