By Champions Tour staff
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship received the commitment on Thursday from 2013 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Colin Montgomerie. He will make his Champions Tour debut following his 50th birthday celebration on June 23, immediately preceding the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.
The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS returns to Pittsburgh and Fox Chapel Golf Club for the second consecutive year and will be contested the week of June 25-30, 2013.
“To have Colin Montgomerie make his Champions Tour debut at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS is going to be a huge bonus for all the fans in Pittsburgh,” said Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Executive Director Joe Rotellini. “Colin’s had a phenomenal career and his recent induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame is certainly proof of that.”
Montgomerie, from Scotland, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., on May 6 along with two fellow Scots, former European Tour Executive Director Ken Schofield and two-time British Open champion Willie Park, Jr. (1887 & 1889). Also inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 were broadcaster/former U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi and Champions Tour fan favorite and 1992 Masters winner Fred Couples, who is also expected to compete at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.
“As I near 50 next month, I will be spending the majority of my time in America competing on the Champions Tour,” Montgomerie said Monday night during his Hall of Fame induction speech. “I personally look forward to walking the fairways again with my good friends Bernhard Langer and fellow inductee Freddie Couples.”
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, Montgomerie has five runner-up finishes in major championships, including the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont CC where he lost a playoff to Ernie Els. Loren Roberts, who will also appear at the 2013 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, was the third player involved in the playoff at Oakmont. Montgomerie was defeated in a playoff at the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera CC by Steve Elkington, a Champions Tour rookie this year, who will also be in the field at Fox Chapel in June.
Fellow World Golf Hall of Fame members committed to the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS include Sandy Lyle (inducted 2012), Larry Nelson (2006), Tom Kite (2004), Nick Price (2003), Bernhard Langer (2002), Hale Irwin (1992) and Tom Watson (1988). Lanny Wadkins, who was inducted in 2009, is an analyst for Golf Channel who will broadcast the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS live all four days.
All nine Champions Tour winners this season are committed to the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, including Pennsylvania native Rocco Mediate, who won his first start on the Champions Tour at the Allianz Championship last February.
The Champions Tour is idle during the PGA TOUR’s THE PLAYERS Championship this week and will return to action with its first major championship of the season at the Senior PGA Championship in St. Louis on May 20-26.
Joe Daley, who captured his first Champions Tour victory at the 2012 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, holding off 2012 Charles Schwab Cup winner Tom Lehman by two shots, is in the field at THE PLAYERS at TPC Sawgrass this week as a result of his win at Fox Chapel.
For more information on the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS please visit www.cspgolf.com.