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Brent Kelley

Colin Montgomerie Elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

By December 18, 2012

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The World Golf Hall of Fame announced two more electees for its Class of 2013: Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield. Monty was elected from the International ballot; Schofield got in via the Lifetime Achievement category. And that completes the Class of 2013. On May 6, 2013, these five selections will be enshrined:
  • Fred Couples
  • Colin Montgomerie
  • Ken Venturi
  • Willie Park Jr.
  • Ken Schofield

Schofield gets in for his skill running the European Tour. He took charge of the Euro Tour in 1975 and remained its boss through the 2004 season. During that time, the Euro Tour grew tremendously both in terms of events played and prize money, and also in worldwide reach and stature.

But the headliner, of course, is Monty. Montgomerie's 31 wins are fourth-most in European Tour history, and he shares the tour record for most victories in a single season (6). And Monty won a record eight European Tour money titles, including seven in a row from 1993 through 1999 (his eighth and last was in 2005). He was Europe's Player of the Year four times.

The only thing missing from Montgomerie's resume is major championship win - although he came close several times. In fact, he was runner-up in a major five times, including playoff losses at the 1994 U.S. Open and 1995 PGA Championship.

The Ryder Cup became Monty's major, and few golfers in that event's history matched the passion and intensity Montgomerie brought to it. He played eight times and served as captain once. As a player, his overall Ryder Cup record was 20-9-7, and he was unbeaten in eight singles matches (6-0-2).

Montgomerie's Hall of Fame credentials have been somewhat controversial within the golf world. His lack of a major - lack of any win on the USPGA Tour - was part of that; his sometimes sour on-course disposition didn't do him any favors with voters, either. Perhaps that's why only 51-percent of voters selected him. Here are the voting results for the International ballot:
  • Colin Montgomerie - named on 51-percent of ballots
  • Graham Marsh - 34 percent
  • Ian Woosnam - 21 percent
  • Padraig Harrington - 19 percent
  • Retief Goosen - 18 percent
  • Norman von Nida- 15 percent
  • Max Faulkner - 7 percent
  • Darren Clarke - 5 percent
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez - 2 percent

Election from the International ballot requires that a candidate be named on 65-percent of ballots. Unless nobody reaches that level, in which case the nominee with the most votes who is named on at least 50-percent of ballots gets in.

See also:
Colin Montgomerie bio

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