He played on eight Ryder Cup teams, and captained another to victory eight years ago. Colin Montgomerie has probably forgotten more about the biennial tournament than most of his contemporaries ever knew.

So when the architect of 23.5 points for Europe – a tally only bettered by Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer – starts speaking about Sam Ryder’s famous little trophy, we should all stop and listen.

With the latest matches at Le Golf National a matter of weeks away, we quizzed Monty on building a winning team, the role of the captain and who’s going to bring home the spoils for Europe.

Watch the video above, or you can read the full interview on the next page…