Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield will round out the 2013 World Golf Hall of Fame induction class, it was announced Tuesday.
Montgomerie, the former European No. 1, was elected through the International Ballot, while Schofield, the former executive director of the European Tour, was honored through the Lifetime Achievement Category. These men will join Fred Couples, Ken Venturi and the late Willie Park Jr. at the induction ceremony on May 6, 2013, at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
Montgomerie, who turns 50 in June, was the most dominant player on the European Tour in the 1990s, finishing atop the tour’s Order of Merit seven consecutive years beginning in 1993. The winner of 31 European Tour titles also made eight consecutive Ryder Cup appearances, beginning in 1991, during which he posted an unbeaten singles record (6-0-2) and also went on to captain the victorious European team in 2010.
“It is a wonderful surprise to hear that I will be inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame next year,” Montgomerie said in a statement. “I know I am very fortunate to have enjoyed such a successful career playing the game I love, and it makes me feel very proud that my achievements have been recognized in this way.”
Schofield became first secretary and executive director of the European Tour in 1975 and was credited with exponentially expanding the tour in terms of events, purses and worldwide exposure.
“I am delighted not just for myself but also for the European Tour,” Schofield said. “This is an honor for absolutely everyone who in the last 40 years helped the tour become what it is today.”
The announcement was made Tuesday by both George O’Grady, the chief executive of the European Tour, and Jack Peter, the Hall of Fame chief operating officer, prior to the Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year Luncheon in London.
“Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield will be excellent additions to the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum,” Peter said. “The Class of 2013 is a wonderful snapshot of the rich, international history of the game. We look forward to celebrating all of the achievements of this distinguished group at the 2013 induction ceremony.”