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Monty proves to be fantastic captain

Brave decisions pay off for Europe's Ryder Cup skipper

Posted Oct 06, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Colin Montgomerie

I don’t really consider the man I’m about to write about a legend, in fact I don’t particularly like him that much, but for what he inspired the 12 Europeans to achieve this weekend, I have to give him special praise.
Colin Montgomerie, or Monty to the rest of the golfing world, played the captain’s role to perfection at Celtic Manor and fully deserves all the plaudits he is receiving.
The aging Scotsman got the best from his team and led them to a memorable victory when at times it seemed like the US might run away with it.
He called for passion, for determination and for spirit and he got just that. He looked to the likes of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald to lead a European charge and kept faith with the Ulstermen, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, despite a slow start. He showed the team passion, determination and spirit and he got it back in abundance.
No doubt he played every shot on the course despite no swinging a club and he made sure that each pair he put together was strong. He showed faith.
I was critical of Monty before the start after he revealed he had already written a speech just in case they lost. But I have nothing but praise for him now.
He has described the Ryder Cup win as his proudest moment in golf and I’m not surprised at that. He has been part of the team before. He has won titles by himself. But he has never led a team into battle and returned victorious.
There’s an element of caveman coming out in that statement. It’s like that scene from Braveheart when Mel Gibson leads a few Scottish warriors into battle against the English and is victorious. Monty in the modern day Braveheart!
Golf can be a lonely sport at times so to be part of a team can be a welcome relief for many. To have others relying on you brings to best out of people. And one of those people is Colin Montgomerie.
He selected a great team, he guided them correctly and he displayed all the characteristics they need to win in himself.
Colin Montgomerie was a fantastic Ryder Cup captain and his shoes will be difficult to fill in 2012.

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