Colin Montgomerie Elected To World Golf Hall Of Fame

By Les Bailey
Allan Henry-USA Today Sports

Colin Montgomerie was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon and will be inducted in a ceremony on May 6th of next year. He will go in the hall with Fred Couples, Ken Venturi, Willie Park Jr and fellow countryman Ken Schofield. Montgomerie was selected through the International Ballot and Schofield was selected through the Lifetime Achievement Category.

Colin Montgomerie was the European Tour in the 1990’s. He won the Harry Vardon Trophy eight times, with seven of them being consecutive. He won the European Tours Order of Merit eight times in his career, which was the forerunner to the Race To Dubai. The 49 year old Scot will be eligible for the European Tour’s Senior Division when he turns 50 in June.

He turned pro in 1987, after winning his second Walker Cup, and in addition to his year end titles, won 39 times on the European Tour which is top for an Englishman. He won the PGA Championship three times in a row, and has a total of 40 victories world wide.

Montgomerie put his stamp on the Ryder Cup, where he exceeded in match play. From 1991 until the present, with eight appearances, he was unbeaten in singles play, with six wins, and two halves. he won 9 1/2 points from 14 foursomes, and seven points from 14 fourballs. He captained the 2010 Team Europe Victory at Celtic Manor Resort.

The one thing Colin Montgomerie didn’t do, was win a Major Championship. He did not endear himself to the fans in the US because of his stuffy demeanor, and was soundly booed several times in tournaments throughout the country.

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