Colin Montgomerie

Colin Stuart Montgomerie, OBE (born 23 June 1963) is a Scottish professional golfer. He has won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, including a streak of seven consecutively from 1993 to 1999. He has won 31 European Tour events, the most of any British player, placing him fourth on the all-time list of golfers with most European Tour victories.

Colin Montgomerie
Personal information
Full nameColin Stuart Montgomerie
Born (1963-06-23) 23 June 1963 (age 59)
Glasgow, Scotland
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Sporting nationality Scotland
ResidenceDunning, Perthshire, Scotland
Naples, Florida
Eimear Wilson
(m. 1990; div. 2006)

Gaynor Knowles
(m. 2008; div. 2017)
CollegeHouston Baptist University
Turned professional1987
Current tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour Champions
European Senior Tour
Professional wins54
Highest ranking2 (17 March 1996)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour31 (4th all time)
Asian Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia1
PGA Tour Champions7
European Senior Tour9 (Tied 5th all time)
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT8: 1998
PGA Championship2nd: 1995
U.S. Open2nd/T2: 1994, 1997, 2006
The Open Championship2nd: 2005
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2013 (member page)
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005
European Tour
Golfer of the Year
1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
European Senior Tour
Order of Merit winner
2014, 2015

Montgomerie won three consecutive Volvo PGA Championships at Wentworth Club between 1998 and 2000. He has finished runner-up on five occasions in major championships and his career-high world ranking is second.[2] He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.[3]

In June 2013, after turning 50, Montgomerie joined the Champions Tour, where he made his debut in the Constellation Senior Players Championship, one of the five senior major championships.[4] On 25 May 2014, Montgomerie won his first senior major championship at the Senior PGA Championship.[5] He followed this up on 13 July 2014, when he claimed his second senior major at the U.S. Senior Open.[6] On 24 May 2015, Montgomerie defended his Senior PGA Championship title to win his third senior major. However, in 2016 he narrowly missed out on making it three Senior PGA Championships in a row – finishing second and three shots behind winner Rocco Mediate.[7] He won twice on the senior circuit in 2017, winning the inaugural Japan Airlines Championship before claiming his sixth Champions Tour win at the SAS Championship.[8]

Early lifeEdit

Although Scottish by birth and ancestry, he was raised in Yorkshire, England, where his father, James Montgomerie, was Managing Director of Fox's Biscuits.[9] He spent a number of years with the Ilkley Golf Club, where he was tutored by the past professional Bill Ferguson. He was educated at both Leeds Grammar School and Strathallan School, Perthshire. During his time in Leeds, he became a supporter of Leeds United.[10] His father later became the secretary of Royal Troon Golf Club, one of Scotland's most famous clubs.

Amateur careerEdit

Montgomerie became one of the first British golfers to go to a United States college, attending Houston Baptist University, where he played on the golf team and became its top player.

He won three important Scottish amateur tournaments – the 1983 Scottish Youths Championship, the 1985 Scottish Stroke Play Championship, and the 1987 Scottish Amateur Championship.

He played for Great Britain and Ireland twice in the Eisenhower Trophy (1984 and 1986) and twice in the Walker Cup (1985 and 1987). He was also part of the Scottish team, winning the 1985 European Amateur Team Championship at Halmstad Golf Club, North Course, in Sweden.

Before turning pro he considered a career in sports management, utilizing his degree in business management and law; the interview process included a golf outing that convinced the firm he should become a client rather than an employee.[11]

Professional careerEdit

Montgomerie turned professional before the 1988 season and was named the Rookie of the Year on the European Tour that year. He quickly developed into one of Europe's top pros, winning his first event at the 1989 Portuguese Open TPC by 11 shots, and his second, beating a world class field, at the 1991 Scandinavian Masters at Royal Drottningholm Golf Club in Sweden. He made his Ryder Cup debut later in 1991.

He finished first on the European Tour Order of Merit every year from 1993 to 1999 (a record for most consecutive Orders of Merit), and has 31 victories on the tour, including the 1998, 1999, and 2000 Volvo PGA Championships at Wentworth, England. However, despite many near-misses, Montgomerie was unable to win on the PGA Tour.

Montgomerie first reached the top-10 in the Official World Golf Rankings in 1994, and spent 400 weeks in the top-10.[12] His highest ranking was number two. In his prime Montgomerie was considered one of the best drivers of the golf ball in the world and became a very precise iron player, often able to judge the distance he hit the ball exactly from long range.

Montgomerie came first in the Volvo Bonus Pool every year from 1993 to 1998. The Volvo Bonus Pool was an extra tranche of prize money awarded at the end of each European Tour season from 1988 to 1998 to the regular members of the tour who had had the best performances over the season.[13]

His form fell away gradually in the new millennium, partly due to marriage problems, and his ranking slumped to 82nd in the world, but he came back strongly in 2005, winning a record eighth European Tour Order of Merit and returning to the top ten in the World Rankings.[14] Late in 2005 he became the first man to win 20 million Euros on the European Tour—topping the European Tour's all-time highest earners list. He won for the first time in nearly two years at the Smurfit Kappa European Open in July 2007. In 2008, Montgomerie slipped out of the top 100 players in the world ranking system.[15] A runner-up finish at the 2008 French Open in June boosted him back up the rankings, but his good play was short-lived, and as a result Montgomerie failed to qualify for Nick Faldo's 2008 Ryder Cup team. In March 2009, Montgomerie played in his milestone 500th European Tour event at the Open de Andalucia where he made the cut, but was not in contention during the weekend. He remained the leader in career earnings on the European Tour until 2010, when he was surpassed by Ernie Els.

After nearly two years without a top-10 finish, Montgomerie posted a final round of 68 for a share of 7th place in the 2011 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Despite the drop in form, his influence remained strong. In 2012, Montgomerie was named by the Golf Club Managers' Association's Golf Club Management magazine as the seventh most powerful person in British golf.[16] In August 2012, Montgomerie finished tied for 6th at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, his highest finish in over four years.

Form at major championshipsEdit

Montgomerie is generally considered to be one of the best golfers never to have won a major championship, after finishing in second place on five separate occasions. During what most consider to be his best years in the 1990s Montgomerie had several close shaves. A third place at the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links was the first of these. He was prematurely congratulated by Jack Nicklaus who said "Congratulations on your first U.S. Open victory" to Montgomerie after he finished the 18th hole on Sunday.[17] Tom Kite, who was still on the golf course when Montgomerie finished, wound up winning the championship.

At the 1994 U.S. Open, played at Oakmont Country Club, Montgomerie lost in a three-man playoff to Ernie Els (a playoff which also included Loren Roberts). Montgomerie shot 78 to trail the 74s shot by Els and Roberts, with Els winning at the 20th extra hole.

At the 1995 PGA Championship, Montgomerie birdied the final three holes of the Riviera Country Club course in the final round, to tie Steve Elkington at 17 under par, which was a record low score in a major championship. On the first sudden-death playoff hole, after being in better position after two shots, Montgomerie missed his putt, while Elkington holed from 35 feet to claim the title.

Els defeated Montgomerie at the 1997 U.S. Open, played at Congressional Country Club. Montgomerie opened the tournament with a 65 but shot a 76 in the second round. A bogey on the 71st hole dropped Montgomerie one shot behind Els, who parred the last to win.

At the 2006 U.S. Open, played on the West course of the Winged Foot Golf Club, Montgomerie had yet another chance to win his first major championship. He stood in the middle of the 18th fairway in the final round having sunk a 50-foot birdie putt on the 17th green, which put him in the joint lead with Phil Mickelson. While waiting in position on the 18th fairway for the group in front to finish, Montgomerie switched his club from a 6-iron to a 7-iron, assuming adrenaline would kick in. Once the wait was over, he hit the approach shot poorly, ending up short and right of the green, in thick rough. He pitched onto the green, and then three-putted from 30 feet to lose the tournament by one stroke. After the loss, Montgomerie said, "At my age I've got to think positively. I'm 43 next week, and it's nice I can come back to this tournament and do well again, and I look forward to coming back here again next year and trying another U.S. Open disaster."[18] Geoff Ogilvy won the championship.

Montgomerie's best finish in the Masters Tournament came in 1998 when he finished tied for 8th.

At The Open Championship in 2001 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, Montgomerie started brightly with an opening 65, and still remained ahead after 36 holes, but he fell away over the weekend. He was also in contention with two rounds to play at Muirfield in 2002 and Royal Troon Golf Club in 2004, but failed to capitalise and finished midway down the field. His best finish in the Championship came in 2005 at St Andrews, where he finished second to Tiger Woods, who beat him by five shots.

In 2016, Montgomerie came through Open Qualifying at Gailes Links to qualify for his home Open at Royal Troon.[19] He had the honour of hitting the opening tee shot at the tournament[20] and ended up making the cut.[21]

Following Sergio García's victory at the 2017 Masters, Montgomerie (with 75 starts) trailed only Jay Haas (87) and Lee Westwood (76) as the player with the most starts without a major title.[22]

Ryder Cup and other golfEdit

practising before the 2004 Ryder Cup

Despite his disappointments in the majors, Montgomerie is heralded as one of the greatest Ryder Cup players of all time. To date he has been a member of the European team on eight occasions, and has never lost in a singles match. He holds a win-lose-draw record of 20–9–7, thus giving him a total points scored tally of 23.5, only 2 points behind the all-time record held by Sergio García. He has played pivotal roles in several of the matches. He halved the last hole with Scott Hoch to obtain the half-point that won Europe the cup in 1997, and sank the winning putt,[23] in what is considered to be his finest hour in the 2004 staging of the event.

Montgomerie was not part of Nick Faldo's 2008 Ryder Cup team, with the wildcards going to Paul Casey and Ian Poulter. Montgomerie captained the Great Britain and Ireland team in the first four stagings of the Seve Trophy, losing in 2000 but winning in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

On 28 January 2009, it was announced that Montgomerie would be the captain the European team at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.[24] On 4 October 2010, Montgomerie led the European team to victory, 1412 to 1312.[25] On the same day he also announced that he would be stepping down as captain of the European Team.[26] In December 2010, he accepted the BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year award as captain of the victorious Ryder Cup team.[27]

Montgomerie has been the playing captain of the European team in the Royal Trophy, played against a team from Asia. Europe was successful on both those occasions. He has the distinction of being the only person to have been a victorious player and captain in the Ryder Cup, Seve Trophy and Royal Trophy – the three main team golf competitions open to players from Europe.[citation needed]

Colin Montgomerie at the Austrian Open 2006

In 2011, Montgomerie was named president of the English junior golf charity, the Golf Foundation, and in 2012 the Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, named him as an ambassador for the Scottish junior golf programme, clubgolf.[citation needed]

In March 2015, Montgomerie accepted the captaincy of London Scottish Golf Club in Wimbledon to mark that club's 150th anniversary.[28]

Montgomerie was also a columnist for the Scottish golf magazine, Bunkered, between 2008 and 2010.


At the end of 2004, Montgomerie was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year's Honours. He represents the Turnberry resort in Scotland, where there is a Colin Montgomerie Golf Academy.

Personal lifeEdit

Montgomerie met his first wife Eimear Wilson, from Troon,[9] when he was a good amateur and she was a promotions assistant. She was a 17-year-old law student at Edinburgh University and a spectator at an amateur championship in Nairn, at which Montgomerie destroyed the field.[29] The couple had three children (Olivia, Venetia, and Cameron), and lived in Oxshott, Surrey. In 2002, Eimear gave Montgomerie an ultimatum to choose between golf and marriage, resulting in Montgomerie spending 10 weeks alone before they agreed to try again.

In 2006, the couple finally broke up, with Eimear suing for divorce on grounds of unreasonable behaviour due to his obsession with golf,[30] claiming it left her suffering from anxiety and depression.[31] In 2006, the couple agreed to a clean break divorce settlement of £8 million, in return for Eimear giving up any claim on Colin's future earnings.[32][33]

Since the divorce, he has had various relationships, including Spanish model Ines Sastre,[34] and a divorced neighbour Jo Baldwin, whom he met on the school run.[35] Their split, he suggested, caused his worst run in his professional career.[36]

In 2007, Montgomerie announced his engagement to Scottish millionairess Gaynor Knowles. The couple wed on 19 April 2008 at Loch Lomond Golf Club.[37][38] On 8 July 2010, Montgomerie was granted a super injunction by Mr Justice Eady, which came to light when he attended a press conference at the 2010 PGA Championship in Wisconsin.[39] In March 2017, he and Knowles divorced.[40]

Montgomerie supports Rangers F.C.[41] and since 1970 Leeds United when he was living in the area.

Amateur winsEdit

Professional wins (54)Edit

European Tour wins (31)Edit

Flagship events (3)
Tour Championships (2)
Other European Tour (26)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 22 Oct 1989 Portuguese Open TPC −24 (67-65-69-63=264) 11 strokes   Rodger Davis,   Manuel Moreno,
  Mike Smith
2 4 Aug 1991 Scandinavian Masters −18 (68-65-70-67=270) 1 stroke   Seve Ballesteros
3 25 Jul 1993 Heineken Dutch Open −7 (68-73-71-69=281) 1 stroke   José Cóceres,   Jean van de Velde
4 7 Nov 1993 Volvo Masters −10 (69-70-67-68=274) 1 stroke   Darren Clarke
5 15 May 1994 Peugeot Spanish Open −11 (70-71-66-70=277) 1 stroke   Richard Boxall,   Mark McNulty,
  Mark Roe
6 21 Aug 1994 Murphy's English Open −14 (70-67-68-69=274) 1 stroke   Barry Lane
7 28 Aug 1994 Volvo German Open −19 (65-68-66-70=269) 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer
8 27 Aug 1995 Volvo German Open (2) −16 (69-64-68-67=268) 1 stroke   Niclas Fasth,   Sam Torrance
9 10 Sep 1995 Trophée Lancôme −11 (64-69-65-71=269) 1 stroke   Sam Torrance
10 17 Mar 1996 Dubai Desert Classic −18 (67-68-67-68=270) 1 stroke   Miguel Ángel Jiménez
11 7 Jul 1996 Murphy's Irish Open −5 (69-69-73-68=279) 1 stroke   Andrew Oldcorn,   Wayne Riley
12 8 Sep 1996 Canon European Masters −24 (65-71-61-63=260) 4 strokes   Sam Torrance
13 8 Jun 1997 Compaq European Grand Prix −18 (69-68-68-65=270) 5 strokes   Retief Goosen
14 6 Jul 1997 Murphy's Irish Open (2) −15 (68-70-69-62=269) 7 strokes   Lee Westwood
15 25 May 1998 Volvo PGA Championship −14 (70-70-65-69=274) 1 stroke   Ernie Els,   Gary Orr,
  Patrik Sjöland
16 13 Sep 1998 One 2 One British Masters −7 (70-72-70-69=281) 1 stroke   Pierre Fulke,   Eduardo Romero
17 27 Sep 1998 Linde German Masters −22 (65-68-66-67=266) 1 stroke   Robert Karlsson,   Vijay Singh
18 16 May 1999 Benson & Hedges International Open −15 (68-66-71-68=273) 3 strokes   Ángel Cabrera,   Per-Ulrik Johansson
19 31 May 1999 Volvo PGA Championship (2) −18 (69-70-67-64=270) 5 strokes   Mark James
20 11 Jul 1999 Standard Life Loch Lomond −16 (69-65-70-64=268) 3 strokes   Sergio García,   Michael Jonzon,
  Mats Lanner
21 8 Aug 1999 Volvo Scandinavian Masters (2) −20 (67-67-65-69=268) 9 strokes   Jesper Parnevik
22 22 Aug 1999 BMW International Open −20 (69-65-64-70=268) 3 strokes   Pádraig Harrington
23 7 May 2000 Novotel Perrier Open de France −16 (71-68-65-68=272) 2 strokes   Jonathan Lomas
24 29 May 2000 Volvo PGA Championship (3) −17 (67-65-70-69=271) 3 strokes   Darren Clarke,   Andrew Coltart,
  Lee Westwood
25 1 Jul 2001 Murphy's Irish Open (3) −18 (63-69-68-66=266) 5 strokes   Darren Clarke,   Niclas Fasth,
  Pádraig Harrington
26 5 Aug 2001 Volvo Scandinavian Masters (3) −14 (66-69-69-70=274) 1 stroke   Ian Poulter,   Lee Westwood
27 10 Nov 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucía (2) −3 (70-69-72-70=281) Shared title with   Bernhard Langer
28 21 Mar 2004 Caltex Masters1 −16 (71-69-67-65=272) 3 strokes   Gregory Hanrahan
29 2 Oct 2005 Dunhill Links Championship −9 (70-65-73-71=279) 1 stroke   Kenneth Ferrie
30 4 Dec 2005
(2006 season)
UBS Hong Kong Open1 −9 (69-66-66-70=271) 1 stroke   K. J. Choi,   James Kingston,
  Lin Keng-chi,   Edward Loar,
  Thammanoon Sriroj
31 8 Jul 2007 Smurfit Kappa European Open −11 (69-71-64-65=269) 1 stroke   Niclas Fasth

*Langer and Montgomerie agreed to share the 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucía after failing light caused play to halt after two holes of a playoff.
1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (0–7–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1991 Volvo PGA Championship   Seve Ballesteros Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1992 Volvo Masters   Sandy Lyle Lost to par on first extra hole
3 1994 U.S. Open   Ernie Els,   Loren Roberts Els won with par on second extra hole after 18-hole playoff;
Els: +3 (74),
Roberts: +3 (74),
Montgomerie: +7 (78)
4 1995 Murphy's English Open   Philip Walton Lost to birdie on second extra hole
5 1995 PGA Championship   Steve Elkington Lost to birdie on first extra hole
6 1998 Murphy's Irish Open   David Carter Lost to par on first extra hole
7 2002 Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe   Tiger Woods Lost to par on third extra hole
8 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucía   Bernhard Langer Playoff abandoned after two holes due to darkness; tournament shared

Asian Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 17 Nov 2002 TCL Classic −16 (70-68-67-67=272) 2 strokes   Thongchai Jaidee
2 19 Oct 2003 Macau Open −11 (66-72-67-68=273) Playoff   Scott Barr
3 21 Mar 2004 Caltex Masters1 −16 (71-69-67-65=272) 3 strokes   Gregory Hanrahan
4 4 Dec 2005 UBS Hong Kong Open1 −9 (69-66-66-70=271) 1 stroke   K. J. Choi,   James Kingston,
  Lin Keng-chi,   Edward Loar,
  Thammanoon Sriroj

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Asian Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2003 Macau Open   Scott Barr Won with birdie on first extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 18 Feb 2001 Ericsson Masters −10 (72-67-70-69=278) 1 stroke   Nathan Green

Other wins (7)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 1 Dec 1996 Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge −14 (66-71-70-68=274) Playoff   Ernie Els
2 4 Jan 1997 Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf 2 up   Davis Love III
3 18 Nov 1997 Hassan II Golf Trophy −15 (73-68-67-69=277) 3 strokes   Donnie Hammond,   David Howell,
  Henrik Nyström
4 23 Nov 1997 World Cup of Golf Individual Trophy −22 (68-66-66-66=266) 2 strokes   Alex Čejka
5 17 Oct 1999 Cisco World Match Play Championship 3 and 2   Mark O'Meara
6 25 Nov 2000 Skins Game $415,000 $155,000   Vijay Singh
7 25 Nov 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup
(with   Marc Warren)
−25 (63-68-66-66=263) Playoff   United StatesHeath Slocum and Boo Weekley

Other playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1996 Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge   Ernie Els Won with birdie on third extra hole
2 2006 WGC-World Cup
(with   Marc Warren)
  GermanyBernhard Langer and Marcel Siem Lost to par on first extra hole
3 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup
(with   Marc Warren)
  United StatesHeath Slocum and Boo Weekley Won with par on third extra hole

PGA Tour Champions wins (7)Edit

Senior major championships (3)
Charles Schwab Cup playoff events (1)
Other PGA Tour Champions (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 25 May 2014 Senior PGA Championship −13 (69-69-68-65=271) 4 strokes   Tom Watson
2 13 Jul 2014 U.S. Senior Open −5 (65-71-74-69=279) Playoff   Gene Sauers
3 24 May 2015 Senior PGA Championship (2) −8 (72-69-70-69=280) 4 strokes   Esteban Toledo
4 25 Sep 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship −15 (67-64-67=198) Playoff   Scott McCarron
5 10 Sep 2017 Japan Airlines Championship −14 (69-66-67=202) 1 stroke   Billy Mayfair,   Scott McCarron
6 15 Oct 2017 SAS Championship −16 (69-67-64=200) 3 strokes   Doug Garwood,   Vijay Singh
7 3 Nov 2019 Invesco QQQ Championship −14 (69-70-63=202) Playoff   Bernhard Langer

PGA Tour Champions playoff record (3–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2014 U.S. Senior Open   Gene Sauers Won three-hole aggregate playoff;
Montgomerie: E (5-3-4=12),
Sauers: x (5-4-x=x)
2 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship   Scott McCarron Won with birdie on third extra hole
3 2019 Invesco QQQ Championship   Bernhard Langer Won with par on first extra hole

European Senior Tour wins (9)Edit

Senior major championships (3)
Other European Senior Tour (6)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 1 Sep 2013 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters −10 (68-68-70=206) 6 strokes   Miguel Ángel Martín,   Paul Wesselingh
2 25 May 2014 Senior PGA Championship −13 (69-69-68-65=271) 4 strokes   Tom Watson
3 13 Jul 2014 U.S. Senior Open −5 (65-71-74-69=279) Playoff   Gene Sauers
4 31 Aug 2014 Travis Perkins Masters (2) −12 (68-69-67=204) 10 strokes   André Bossert,   Gordon Manson,
  Tim Thelen
5 7 Sep 2014 Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) −14 (69-68-65=202) 3 strokes   Rick Gibson
6 24 May 2015 Senior PGA Championship (2) −8 (72-69-70-69=280) 4 strokes   Esteban Toledo
7 6 Sep 2015 Travis Perkins Masters (3) −5 (73-67-71=211) Playoff   Ross Drummond
8 13 Dec 2015 MCB Tour Championship −15 (68-64-69=201) 3 strokes   David Frost
9 3 Jun 2018 Shipco Masters −11 (71-67-67=205) 3 strokes   Paul Eales,   Barry Lane

European Senior Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2014 U.S. Senior Open   Gene Sauers Won three-hole aggregate playoff;
Montgomerie: E (5-3-4=12),
Sauers: x (5-4-x=x)
2 2015 Travis Perkins Masters   Ross Drummond Won with birdie on second extra hole

Playoff recordEdit

PGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1994 U.S. Open   Ernie Els,   Loren Roberts Els won with par on second extra hole after 18-hole playoff;
Els: +3 (74),
Roberts: +3 (74),
Montgomerie: +7 (78)
2 1995 PGA Championship   Steve Elkington Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T37 T52 CUT T17 T39 T30 T8 T11
U.S. Open 3 T33 T2 T28 T10 2 T18 T15
The Open Championship T48 T26 CUT CUT T8 CUT CUT T24 CUT T15
PGA Championship T33 CUT T36 2 CUT T13 T44 T6
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T19 CUT T14 CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open T46 T52 CUT T42 T42 T2 CUT CUT
The Open Championship T26 T13 82 WD T25 2 CUT CUT T58 CUT
PGA Championship T39 DQ CUT CUT 70 CUT CUT T42 CUT CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T64
The Open Championship T68 78
PGA Championship CUT T69 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
DQ = disqualified
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 5 15 9
U.S. Open 0 3 1 4 5 7 17 14
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 2 6 22 13
PGA Championship 0 1 0 1 2 3 21 10
Totals 0 5 1 6 10 21 75 46
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (1998 PGA – 2000 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1994 U.S. Open – 1994 Open Championship)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Players Championship CUT T9 T14 T2 T7 CUT T23
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
The Players Championship T3 T40 T63 CUT T42 CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Match Play R64 R32 R64 R64 R16 R32 R32 R16
Championship T20 T25 NT1 T31 T51 T3 T41 T55 T65
Invitational T30 T8 4 WD T23 T58 T9 T41 77

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament

Senior major championshipsEdit

Wins (3)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2014 Senior PGA Championship 1 shot lead −13 (69-69-68-65=271) 4 strokes   Tom Watson
2014 U.S. Senior Open 4 shot deficit −5 (65-71-74-69=279) Playoff   Gene Sauers
2015 Senior PGA Championship (2) 3 shot lead −8 (72-69-70-69=280) 4 strokes   Esteban Toledo

Results timelineEdit

Results are not in chronological order before 2022.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
The Tradition T16 T24 T17 T25 T27 WD NT T39 T18
Senior PGA Championship 1 1 2 T17 T6 T21 NT CUT T8
U.S. Senior Open T30 1 2 T11 T42 T38 T24 NT T34 T28
Senior Players Championship T9 T15 T3 T13 T6 T43 T13 T3 T12 T25
The Senior Open Championship T21 2 3 CUT T23 T14 T18 NT T11 9
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Team appearancesEdit



Ryder Cup points
1991 1993 1995 1997 1999 2002 2004 2006 Total
1.5 3.5 2 3.5 3.5 4.5 3 2 23.5
  • Seve Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2000 (playing captain), 2002 (playing captain, winners), 2003 (playing captain, winners), 2005 (playing captain, winners), 2007 (winners)
  • UBS Cup (representing the Rest of the World): 2003 (tie), 2004
  • Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2010 (playing captain, winners), 2011 (playing captain, winners)

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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