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Monty To Join The Champions Tour

Colin Montgomerie repeatedly resisted the lure of the PGA Tour during his prime but now says he intends to compete full time in the United States on the Champions Tour for players aged over 50.

The Scotsman, who won a record eight order of merit titles on the European Tour between 1993 and 2005, will be eligible for the senior circuit after his 50th birthday on June 23.

"I look forward now in many ways to starting a new life, a new chapter of my life to come over here now," Montgomerie told reporters on Monday before he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida.

Monty’s lack of a Major has led to some to call his inclusion in the hall of fame into doubt. Hwowever there’s another gap in the Ryder Cup stalwart resume, he’s never won a PGA Tour event. Montgomerie reached as high as No. 2 in the world, and one question about his career is what would have happened if he had ever played a full season or more in America.

“I was tempted very often,” Montgomerie said. “I was asked numerous occasions by Deane Beman to start with and also by Tim Finchem to come over here and play full time in the States, whether it be one season or more, and family commitments kept me in Europe. I was very happy and comfortable at home.”

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