Colin Montgomerie is a Must for the Ryder Cup

Andrew McNairSenior Writer IAugust 9, 2008

With the 2008 Ryder Cup fast approaching, I thought I'd underline Colin Montgomerie's claim for a European wild-card pick.

The Scot is affectionately known as Monty to the golfing public. He can be known to be slightly controversial and always wears his famous frown.

Until the Ryder Cup, that is, and if there's one thing not in doubt here.

It's his Ryder Cup credentials!

Montgomerie simply loves the event and everything it stands for. He's immensely proud of his record in the competition, and he'll be relying on that to turn Nick Faldo's head his way.

European Captain Nick Faldo has two wild-card picks to his name and with Monty's poor season, it's basically impossible for him to earn a spot on the team without the Englishman's intervention.

So let's look at the facts.

The Scot is Europe's second most successful Ryder Cup player of all time behind, funnily enough, Nick Faldo.

Monty has participated in eight Ryder Cups and has amazingly never lost a singles match!

That must be so hard to ignore for Faldo.

His overall record is 20 wins, 9 losses and 7 draws.

The total of 23.5 points is just 1.5 points behind Faldo's record of 25 and I'd presume that would never enter the European Captain's head.

Therefore, over the years, Monty has basically won a Ryder Cup all on his own.

An incredible feat.

Outside of Ryder Cup play, the proud Scot has won 31 European tour events and eight European Order of Merit titles.

The only thing Monty is more famous for than Ryder Cup play is his partiality for finishing second in golf's finest events, the majors.

Five second places have been hard to take for Monty, and it certainly adds to his famous frown as he continues to wander the world's courses, desperately trying to regain something near his best form.

Greg Norman's recent run at The British Open will have been a much-needed confidence booster for the 45-year-old.

Back to the 2008 Ryder Cup, the U.S. are desperate to end a succession of three straight defeats. In fact, only one win in six for America is something American Captain Paul Azinger is at pains to put right.

A new selection policy for America means that they'll surely be competitive, but that's not what I'm worried about.

All I want is to see is Colin Montgomerie playing in the final day singles, leading Europe to yet another famous victory.

Or will it be form over experience for Nick Faldo?