Eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner, Ryder Cup Team Europe Legend and World Golf Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee, Colin Montgomerie has been awarded the CPG Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award introduced in 2011 recognizes the greats within European Golf, with a roll of honor to have received the accolade previously that includes Seve Ballesteros, Tony Jacklin, Alison Nicholas, Bernard Gallacher, Bernard Langer, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal and last year’s recipient, Robert Karlsson.
Spanning multiple decades, Colin’s career has seen him claim over 50 worldwide wins, a record 8 Order of Merits, which included a streak of seven consecutive titles from 1993-1999- and he currently sits fourth on the European Tour’s list of players with the most victories.
On receiving the Award, Montgomerie commented, “I just want to thank the Confederation of Professional Golf(CPG) for honoring me in this way. At 57, a Lifetime Achievement Award means a lot and this is something I will treasure.”
“We are delighted to be able to recognize Colin’s achievements and contributions with this year’s CPG Lifetime Achievement Award. The successes that he has had during his illustrious career and his impact on, and leadership of Team Europe in the Ryder Cup has placed him firmly amongst golf’s elite,” said CPG Chief Executive Ian Randell.
Montgomerie’s accomplishments stretch further than individual golf, as he is regarded as one of the greatest Ryder Cup players in the history of the biennial event. In all his appearances he has never lost a singles match and holds an exemplary match record of 20-9-7 across his Ryder career. This was topped in 2010 when he captained Team Europe to victory against Team USA at Celtic Manor in Wales, prevailing with a winning score of 14.5-13.5 points.
Colin now enjoys an established playing career on the PGA TOUR’s Champions, having already claimed seven wins including three Majors- Two Senior PGA Championships and one U. S. Senior Open Victory. Monty was born in Scotland but raised in England and attended Houston Baptist University in the USA. He is a member of Team Troon and resides in Perthshire, Scotland and Naples, Florida. He is also an Officer in the Order of the British Empire(OBE).