Colin Montgomerie fought back tears
as he declared: “This is the greatest moment of my career.”
Monty cemented his place in Ryder
Cup folklore by winning as captain and adding to his five victories as a
Europe regained the trophy by
pipping America 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 with a winning putt from anchor man Graeme
McDowell in a gripping finale at Celtic Manor.
Monty, 47, said: “There’s a
different responsibility being captain than there is playing.
Playing is a whole different
responsibility and a whole different feel.
It was my job to try and manage
these great players this week and try to make them feel as comfortable as
possible and to play their best.
But it’s the proudest moment, as I
say, to captain these fantastic players here this week, and captain them, not
just to captain them, but to captain
them to success.”
Monty reached the end of a 19 month
road as Ryder Cup skipper with champagne in his hair and tears in his eyes.
He insists he will quit at the top
and has no plans to lead the European team in defence of the title in Chicago
in two years time.
The Scot competed in eight Ryder
Cups without losing a singles match.