McDowell’s triumph at Pebble Beach, his first Major win, has not only put $1,350,000 in his pocket, but has also guaranteed him a place in the Ryder Cup team at Celtic Manor, and Montgomerie is delighted to have him in his side.
“It was a magnificent performance,” said Montgomerie. “He holed so many key putts – especially a crucial one on the eighth for par – and was very impressive throughout the week.
“He showed great strength of character in getting the job done in such superb fashion. He is a world-class player and obviously I am delighted to have a 2010 Major winner in my team this year.
“Nick (Faldo), Bernhard (Langer) and myself came close, but none of us achieved what he has. This is great for British golf and also the European Tour. Golf salutes him.”