Monty to make Champions Tour debut

World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Colin Montgomerie will make his Champions Tour debut at the Constellation Senior Players Championship at Pittsburgh’s Fox Chapel Golf Club this week.

‘Monty’ turned 50 on June 23 and looks set to write another chapter in an illustrious career, starting at the Champions Tour’s second major of the year.

Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“As I near 50 next month, I will be spending the majority of my time in America competing on the Champions Tour.”

Montgomerie said during his World Golf Hall of Fame induction speech on May 6, “I personally look forward to walking the fairways again with my good friends Bernhard Langer and fellow inductee Freddie Couples.”

“Well, I was looking forward to it until I saw Couples and Langer playing so well at the Masters!”

Montgomerie won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, including a streak of seven consecutively from 1993 to 1999.

With 31 European Tour wins, Montgomerie is fourth on the all-time European Tour victory list, but has the most of any British player.

He is renowned as one of the greatest Ryder Cup players of all time, with an unbeaten singles record in eight appearances and a team victory as Captain at Celtic Manor in Wales in 2010.

Although he famously failed to win a major championship or any PGA Tour event, he has five runner-up finishes in major championships, including the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont where he lost a playoff to Ernie Els.

Montgomerie was also defeated in a playoff at the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera CC by Australia’s Steve Elkington, a Champions Tour rookie this year, who will also appear at Fox Chapel along with Peter Senior.