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Colin Montgomerie Elected to Golf Hall Minus Major Championships

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Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Colin Montgomerie, who won the European PGA Tour’s money title a record eight times without securing a major tournament victory, will enter the World Golf Hall of Fame in May.

Montgomerie, 49, was elected on the International ballot and will join Fred Couples and Ken Venturi among five inductees to the St. Augustine, Florida, hall next year.

Ken Schofield, who became the European Tour’s first executive director in 1975 when the circuit had just 17 events, was also selected today for induction in the Lifetime Achievement Category.

Montgomerie, from Scotland, finished as the European tour’s leading money winner seven straight times, starting in 1993, and added his final money title in 2005.

A four-time European Player of the Year, Montgomerie won 31 European titles, the fourth-most in tour history, including three straight European PGA Championships at Wentworth, England. While he has 40 victories worldwide, he hasn’t been able to win the Masters Tournament, U.S. or British Open or PGA Championship, golf’s four Grand Slam events.

Montgomerie was unbeaten in eight successive Ryder Cup appearances from 1991, with a 6-0-2 mark in singles matches during the team event between U.S. and European players. In total, he had 20 wins, 9 losses and 7 ties in Ryder Cup matches. He then captained the 2010 European team to victory at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, giving Europe a 6-3 record when he participated in the biennial matches.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mike Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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