The 2013 Champions Tour season starts Jan. 18 at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. In advance of that, Champions Tour Insider Vartan Kupelian has identified 13 players to keep an eye on as the new season unfolds. No. 13 is Colin Montgomerie.
For Colin Montgomerie, the timing is perfect.
Montgomerie will be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May. A few weeks later, on June 23, he will celebrate his 50th birthday and become eligible to play on the Champions Tour.
It will mark the beginning of the next phase of Monty’s playing career.
“I’m looking forward to not just going over there in May but starting a possible new career in America,” Montgomerie said. “There’s a chance I might play in a few of their senior events, their Champions Tour, so it’s the perfect time to be inducted into the Hall of Fame just before I start on a possible new career in America, along with the European Senior Tour.”
Montgomerie was a thorn in the side of the Americans as a mainspring of Europe’s Ryder Cup team for nearly two decades. And it was in America that the galleries loved to hate him.
“To be inducted in America is a very special and will be a very special moment for me, definitely,” said Montgomerie, who at the peak of his playing career won the European Tour’s Order of Merit seven straight years (1993-1999) and an unprecedented eight times in all.
"Yes, I had my fun in America but at the same time all good banter and good competition, and I’m very competitive, so were they and it made it quite interesting.”
Montgomerie won 31 times on the European Tour – fourth on that all-time list -- but failed to win on the PGA TOUR. His greatest disappointments came in major championships, where he finished runner-up on five occasions. A primary goal for Montgomerie almost certainly would be winning a Champions Tour major.