Colin Montgomerie’s leadership of his Ryder Cup charges was nothing short of incredible. Montgomerie is an interesting character, inspiring emotions from admiration to frustration in golf fans all over the world. He is well known for being unnecessarily ‘grumpy’ during competitions, yet I have seen him at close quarters being charming during practice and away from the course. He is, all would agree, an intense man; an enigma.
He is also a phenomenal golfer, boasting the second best Ryder Cup playing record in history; something he is incredibly proud of and which gives him a sense of identity and belonging not even being Europe’s Number One ranked player for 8 consecutive years gave him. In Ryder Cup clothes, we love him, and he knows it, and he loves the fact that we love him.
So, safe to say then, that being Ryder Cup Captain would mean a lot to him! Would it bring the best out of him? Would it push him over the competitive edge as it did Sir Nick Faldo last time out?
The clue came in looking at his record as a player in Ryder Cup – this competition brought out the best in him, and the smart money said it would do the same as Captain. It did.
His opposite number, Corey Pavin, also proved to be a class act and heroically and deservedly pushed Montgomerie and his merry men all the way. What unfolded was drama, heroism, sacrifice, teamship, in fact all manner of great human qualities, rendering the event a must see, and the ultimate example of what sport can teach us about life.
Montgomerie’s contribution was summed up beautifully by David Walsh in The Sunday Times. Read it, and see within it a lesson in leadership we could all do to emulate.
About The Author – Michael Finnigan
Michael Finnigan works with the world’s most famous businesses, helping them to understand how to unleash the power lying dormant within their people. Michael consults with corporate, public sector and sporting clients all over the world to lead and deliver positive change.
Michael’s work within elite sport includes clients in Premier League football, international cricket. He worked closely with Darren Clarke ahead of his victory at the Open Championship.
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