Golf Power List: 10-1

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 26, 2012 08:26

7. Colin Montgomerie, professional golfer, television pundit, president of the Golf Foundation and clubgolf ambassador

Colin Montgomerie has such an aura about him that in 2010 the Welsh government decided that Cardiff Airport would display two giant posters stating ‘Welcome to Montgomerieshire’ for all visitors, including the US Ryder Cup team, to see on their arrival. Monty, of course, the fourth most successful European Tour golfer in history and the man widely regarded as the greatest Ryder Cup player of all time, went on to captain the European side to victory a few days later.

Not only that, in the last year alone, when Virgin Atlantic announced a new range of golfing destinations, Richard Branson called Monty to front the marketing campaign with him. When the Professional Golfers’ Association wanted to teach golf for free to troops in Afghanistan, it called Monty to do it. When Donald Trump opened his Aberdeen course, he called Monty, so that he would be by his side. And the following day, when Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, who had a very public spat with Trump, announced new initiatives to improve the country’s young golfers, guess who was standing by his side?

Monty has been accused of being obsessed with golf – it was the reason why his first wife divorced him, and he then married his second at a golf club. If he is, then there are many children and young adults that are grateful for it. In his spare time he has presided over the junior golf charity the Golf Foundation, and, when not teaching children, has been happy to personally honour several people in the UK who have worked hard to improve opportunities available for young golfers.

 

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Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 26, 2012 08:26
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