Columbus, OH —
From Colin Montgomerie’s 2013 debut at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship until now, the 53-year-old from Scotland has grown fond of his time with the PGA TOUR Champions.
In turn, he has won three times, all major tournaments after being unable to win one major prior to joining the PGA TOUR Champions.
“I think you learn and you mature as you go along, and I didn’t embrace the American public possibly the way that I should have done earlier on in my career, and it hurt me in majors, hurt me trying to win Major championships,” he said. “I’ve embraced playing here since I turned 50. I really am enjoying it, and I think the golf fans are seeing that, and they are giving back. I’m thoroughly enjoying myself out here, and I think that, if anything, if you enjoy yourself, you’re usually quite good at it, whatever you do, and I really am enjoying what I’m doing.
Montgomerie said upon making his Champions Tour debut that he had been looking forward to it for years and it appears that the past three years far exceeded those expectations.
“The Champions Tour is a fabulous place to play,” said Montgomerie. “They said it was good, and it’s better than that. There’s no great egos out here. I’ve said this before. There’s no great egos out here. We’ve all attained a certain standing to be out here in the first place. There’s no great envy out here. Everybody seems genuinely happy with anyone else’s success, and it’s just a very welcome place to be. There’s a warmth here that I haven’t felt in the past, and I blame myself for that sometimes that I didn’t give it an opportunity. Now I am, and I’m enjoying it.”