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Birthdate: June 23, 1962
Nationality: Scottish
Turned Professional: 1987 (late)
Current Tour: European Tour (joined 1988)

Background:
Though Colin Montgomerie was born and raised in the United Kingdom, he was one of the first British golfers to attend a U.S. college - Houston Baptist University . This mover and shaker set a precedent which several other British golfers have since been able to use to their advantage. Montgomerie owes his interest in golf to his father, a former secretary of the Royal Troon Golf Course. (Royal Troon Golf Club is a golf course located in Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The club was founded in 1878, and its Old Course is now one of the host courses for The BritishOpen Championship, one of the major championships on the PGA Tour and European Tour.) As an amateur, Montgomerie won the 1983 Scottish Youths Championship, the 1985 Scottish Stroke Play Championship and the 1987 Scottish Amateur Championship. In 2004 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (knighted), and runs the Colin Montgomorie Golf Academy at Turnberry Resort in Scotland. He has three children, is currently divorced and resides Oxshott, England (Surrey) –near London.

Professional Career Bio:
Ranked among the golfers with the most Eurpean Tour wins, yet still to win a major, Colin Montgomerie is often looked upon as one of the game’s greatest players. Turning pro in 1988, Montgomerie was named “Rookie of the Year” on the European Tour and quickly developed a reputation for being a fierce competitor. Beginning in 1993, he received the European Order of Merit, continued to be awarded this honor for 7 years in a row, and an unprecedented eighth time in 2005. In 2004 he became the first to win $20 million euros on the European Tour. Montgomerie has also been instrumental in the leadership of seven Ryder Cup teams, and has never lost and individual challenge in a singles match at the cup. His team appearances include: Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1991, 1993, 1995 (Winners), 1997 (Winners), 1999, 2002 (winners), 2004 (winners), Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Scotland): 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 (winners), 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, World Cup (representing Scotland): 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997 (individual winner), 1998, 1999, Four Tours World Championship: 1991 (winning team), The Seve Trophy (playing captain of Great Britain & Ireland team): 2000, 2002 (winners), 2003 (winners), 2005 (winners) and theUBS Cup (representing the rest of the world): 2003, 2004.




Professional Wins: 37 (European Tour 30; others 7)
European Tour Wins
· 1989 Portuguese Open - TPC
· 1991 Scandinavian Masters
· 1993 Heineken Dutch Open, Volvo Masters Andalucia
· 1994 Peugeot Open de Espana, Murphy's English Open, Volvo German Open
· 1995 Volvo German Open, Trophée Lancôme
· 1996 Dubai Desert Classic, Murphy's Irish Open, Canon European Masters
· 1997 Compaq European Grand Prix, Murphy's Irish Open
· 1998 Volvo PGA Championship, One 2 One British Masters, Linde German Masters
· 1999 Benson and Hedges International Open, Volvo PGA Championship, Standard Life Loch Lomond, Volvo Scandinavian Masters, BMW International Open
· 2000 Novotel Perrier Open de France, Volvo PGA Championship
· 2001 Murphy's Irish Open, Volvo Scandinavian Masters
· 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia (shared title with Bernhard Langer when darkness fell two holes into a play-off)
· 2004 Caltex Masters
· 2005 Dunhill Links Championship
· 2006 Hong Kong Open (2005 calendar year, 2006 European Tour season)
Montgomerie also came first in the Volvo Bonus Pool every year from 1993 to 1998. The Volvo Bonus Pool was an extra tranche of prize money awarded at the end of each European Tour season from 1988 to 1998 to the regular members of the tour who had had the best performances over the season.
. 2007 Smurfit Kappa European Open

Other Professional Wins

· 1996 Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge (South Africa - unofficial event)
· 1997 Accenture World Championship of Golf, King Hassan II Trophy
· 1999 Cisco World Match Play Championship (United Kingdom - not an official event at that time.)
· 2000 Skins Game (United States)
· 2001 Ericsson Masters (Australia)
· 2002 TCL Classic (China)
· 2003 Macau Open (China)
. 2007 OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup (with Marc Warren)

Majors: None
Awards: European Tour Order of Merit winner 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005; Rookie of the Year



PGA Earnings (per year): €1,165,783 / year
 
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