Montgomerie commits to Regions Tradition
March 07, 2014
- World Golf Hall of Famer Colin Montgomerie missed last year's event because he was two weeks shy of 50. (Inglis/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The 2014 Regions Tradition will include one of the World Golf Hall of Fame’s most recent inductees with Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie committing to the tournament field yesterday. Montgomerie, inducted into the Hall of Fame last year along with fellow Champions Tour professional Fred Couples, will compete in the Regions Tradition for the first time.
“We’re thrilled to have Colin Montgomerie join our talented field at the Regions Tradition,” said Tournament Director Liz Leckemby. “Golf is one sport where fans can witness Hall of Fame athletes actively competing, and that doesn’t happen in many sports.”
Eight World Golf Hall of Fame members are currently scheduled to compete against defending champion David Frost in the Regions Tradition. Joining Montgomerie are Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Larry Nelson, Nick Price and Curtis Strange.
Montgomerie, who missed last year’s Regions Tradition by a mere two weeks as he didn’t turn 50 until June 23, is perhaps best known for his Ryder Cup performances. To date he has been a member of the European team on eight occasions, and has never lost in a singles match, playing pivotal roles in several of the matches. He also captained the European team to victory in Wales in 2010. He won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, including a streak of seven consecutively from 1993 to 1999. He has 31 European Tour victories, the most of any British player, placing him fourth on the all-time list of players with most European Tour victories. Although he has not, to date, won a major championship on the PGA TOUR, he has finished runner-up on five occasions.
This year’s Regions Tradition, the first of five Champions Tour majors this season, takes place at Shoal Creek on May 14-18 with a purse of $2.2 million.
The field will comprise 81 players in a 72-hole stroke-play event. As one of the Champions Tour majors, the double Charles Schwab Cup points awarded to the top-10 finishers in the Regions Tradition will be a critical factor in determining the Charles Schwab Cup champion at the end of the season.
Shoal Creek is a proven venue that has previously hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championship, the 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship, the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, along with the Regions Tradition the past three years. The 7,231-yard, par 72, Jack Nicklaus designed layout provides for an exciting competition as all of the stars on the Champions Tour will compete for the coveted title.
Some of the biggest names in golf, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite and Tom Watson, are past champions of The Tradition.
Each of the four rounds of the Regions Tradition will be broadcast live on Golf Channel, the exclusive cable provider of the Champions Tour, reaching in excess of 205 countries and territories and more than 145 million households.