Monty announces plans to play Champions Tour


Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday, Colin Montgomerie shared a variety of stories and memories this week from his playing career. One revelation the Scot shared, though, is a plan to continue competing – on this side of the Atlantic, no less.

According to a Reuters report, Montgomerie, who will turn 50 years old on June 23, has plans to play the Champions Tour full-time once he becomes eligible.

'I look forward now in many ways to starting a new life, a new chapter in my life to come over here now,' Montgomerie told reporters amid the induction festivities this week in St. Augustine.

An eight-time winner of the Order of Merit on the European Tour, the former Ryder Cup captain explained that family commitments kept him based in Europe during the prime of his career.

'I was very happy and comfortable at home, and my wife and children were in school. I felt there was no need at that stage to come over here,' explained Montgomerie. 'I was number one in Europe. I was very happy in Europe and I was comfortable in that position, and therefore I stayed there. If it's not bust, you don't fix it, and that was why I really didn't come over here.'

Among the best players to never win a major, Montgomerie described his renewed quest for hardware on the over-50 circuit with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

'I look forward to the Seniors Tour and trying to win them (majors) there,' he added. 'Gary Player counts them as majors, doesn't he?'