Victorious European Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie sustained bruises to his left side in a car crash Thursday, and said he was lucky to escape with only minor injuries.
Montgomerie was driving a BMW from his home in Dunning to see his father in Glasgow when the accident happened.
“I was driving through road works when a van traveling toward me suddenly burst through the cones and slammed into me,” Montgomerie said. “A fraction of a second later my car was hit by a lorry and another car as well, and I began spinning out of control.
“I was trapped as the side of the car was compressed and the air bags were holding me back, but the passenger door suddenly opened and I was pulled to safety thanks to other drivers who had witnessed the accident,” he explained. “It was a terrible shock, and I am lucky to have come out of it relatively unscathed.”
The golfer’s management company IMG said Montgomerie “suffered shock and severe bruising to his left side.” It said he did not need to be hospitalized, but received roadside treatment from ambulance personnel.
Scottish authorities said the crash involved two cars, a van and a truck, but that no one involved required hospitalization.
After the Ryder Cup win, Montgomerie has returned to playing golf and finished tied for 41st at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.