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Montgomerie/Pavin: Ryder Cup captains compared

By Tom McGowan, CNN
Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie will both lead their teams into battle, hoping to bring home the Ryder Cup.
Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie will both lead their teams into battle, hoping to bring home the Ryder Cup.
  • Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie will both be hoping their teams emerge victorious.
  • Montgomerie has a superior record in this competition, winning 23½ points to Pavin's 8.
  • As players, Montgomerie holds a 2-1 lead in matches between the two.

(CNN) -- As the Ryder Cup contest between Europe and America is in full swing at Celtic Manor in Wales, the pressure is on for the team captains to deliver victory from their players. CNN profiles the men under the spotlight.


Colin Montgomerie (Europe)

The man affectionately known as "Monty" was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1963. Europe's captain was raised in England and turned professional in 1987. Over the course of his illustrious career, the Scot has won eight Harry Vardon trophies, the award given to Europe's number one golfer.

He has amassed a total of 31 tournament victories since turning pro and was once ranked number two in the world. Despite coming close at the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and the Open Championship, Montgomerie has never achieved a win in one of golf's four majors.

Corey Pavin (U.S.)

Nicknamed "Bulldog" by his colleagues, Corey Pavin was born on November 16, 1959 in Oxnard, California. Pavin has won 15 PGA Tour titles since turning pro in 1982, the last of which came in 2006 when he won the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

During the tournament, he broke the record for the fewest number of strokes needed to complete the front nine of a tour event, carding an eight-under-par 26. Unlike his fellow captain, Pavin has gained the distinction of winning a major, enjoying his one and only victory at the 1995 U.S. Open.

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Colin Montgomerie

Montgomerie's record in the continental competition is comparable to the very best in its illustrious history. Since making his Ryder Cup debut in 1991, Monty has not lost any singles matches and shares the record for the most singles clashes won, with a total of six.

The 47-year-old has been involved in five triumphant campaigns with Europe, contributing a huge 23 ½ points to his teams cause in the eight campaigns he has played in. He is third on the all-time points list for Europe, behind previous team captains Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer.

Corey Pavin

When compared to his counterpart, Pavin's Ryder Cup record is modest, but the U.S. captain has still experienced his fair share of success in the competition. He was only involved in three teams as a player, tasting victory in 1991 and '93 before a defeat at Oak Hill Country Club, New York in 1995.

He lost just one of his three singles matches, winning the other two and contributing a total of eight points to the U.S. team in his three appearances.


During their time as players, Montgomerie and Pavin have faced each other in the Ryder Cup on three occasions.

The pair clashed on their respective cup debuts in the fourballs at Kiawah Island, South Carolina in 1991. The Europe captain came out on top alongside Germany's Bernhard Langer, defeating Pavin and Steve Pate.

Their rivalry was renewed two-years later at the Belfry in England, where once again Montgomerie triumphed over Pavin and Lanny Wadkins alongside Nick Faldo.

The U.S. captain gained his revenge in 1995, when he and Tom Lehman got the better of Montgomerie and Faldo in the foursomes.

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