Montgomerie won injunction against former girlfriend to keep details out of British press

August 11, 2010

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie won an injunction in the British courts to prevent his ex-girlfriend from revealing details about their relationship, can exclusively confirm.

Montgomerie sought the court order to stop the publication of stories about his relationship with former model Paula Tagg, whom he dated in 2006. Rumors about the legal action have circulated for several weeks, but has obtained exclusive details of the injunction.

The injunction, dated July 8, bars Tagg from revealing “the private details of a personal, intimate and sexual relationship” between the two. Specifically, the order prevents the publication of information “concerning acts of a sexual nature” or “any such information recorded in the form of a photograph or still image or moving images.” The injunction also bans Tagg from revealing whether such photographs or images even exist. Information about the relationship contained in e-mails, letters, text messages or voice mails is also covered in the order.

Asked about the existence of an injunction in a press conference at the PGA Championship on Wednesday, Montgomerie denied that there was an injunction against the News of the World, a British tabloid. Asked in a follow-up question if there was an injunction against Tagg, he declined to comment.

“Excuse me, I’m here to talk about The Ryder Cup, okay,” Montgomerie said. “So please, no further questions on that or any other subject regarding anything — or anything regarding my private life. By definition that is private.”

The order does not prevent Tagg from talking about any part of their relationship that was in the public domain before the order was obtained, which was very little.

Last month the 47-year-old Scot admitted to an extramarital affair with his former girlfriend, Joanne Baldwin, and said he was fighting to save his marriage to his wife, Gaynor Knowles. “I have put my marriage under considerable strain but we are working through these problems,” he said at the time. “I am very sorry for the hurt I have caused to the ones I love so much.” The Scot’s first marriage ended in divorce in 2004 after 14 years. He married Knowles, the widow of a furniture tycoon, in 2008.

There have been reports in the British press that Tagg met with Britain’s leading publicist, Max Clifford, who has a lengthy track record of facilitating newspaper interviews in which secret lovers expose the sex lives of celebrities. Clifford’s past clients include Rebecca Loos, who famously revealed salacious details of her affair with married soccer star David Beckham.

Asked recently if he would step down as captain in the wake of his admission of infidelity and the struggle to save his marriage, Montgomerie said, “There is no way that I have ever thought of doing anything like that.” Montgomerie leads the European team at the Ryder Cup in Wales in October. He is competing this week in the season’s final major, the PGA Championship, at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.