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Colin Montgomerie has 'no regrets' after World Golf Hall of Fame induction

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Colin Montgomerie looks back with no regrets on a career that failed to deliver a single major championship, after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday evening.

The 49-year-old gave a heartfelt acceptance speech as part of the Class of 2013 that also included 1992 US Masters champion Fred Couples among the list of those honoured in St. Augustine, Florida.

Montgomerie, who recorded 31 victories on the European Tour, as well as five runner-up spots in the majors among his total of ten top-10 finishes, reflected fondly on his list of achievements.

"This has been a humbling experience for me," said the former Ryder Cup captain. "I'm very proud to be standing here in front of you this evening.

"I've enjoyed thoroughly my exploits in major championships. I just haven't been fortunate or whatever it takes. I've never, ever stood up and made a winner's speech and said I was unlucky. Never. I never will.

"There's always a time where a bit of fortune comes your way, whether it be for you or against your opponent at the time, and it just so happens with five runners-up that I just haven't been so-called fortunate to walk through the door.

"The door has been ajar many a time. I just haven't been able to walk through it."

Montgomerie lost out on the 1994 US Open and the 1995 PGA Championship in play-offs, but recalled his most agonising miss in the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, after the Scot double-bogeyed the final hole to finish one stroke behind Australian winner Geoff Ogilvy.

"That's the one that hurts," he added. "The four others or five others really, somebody happened to beat me. The 2006 Winged Foot I beat myself, and that's where it hurts most. So that has taken the most to recover from.

"So at the same time, if you're talking about regrets of any part of my golfing career, I have none. Absolutely none. I've done exactly what I've tried to do. I've tried 100 per cent on every shot, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

Meanwhile, former world number one, Couples - a 15-time champion on the PGA Tour - choked up with tears on what he described as "the coolest night of my life".

"Thanks for taking a kid from Seattle and putting him into the Hall of Fame," he said.

Ken Venturi, another former US Open champion turned television broadcaster was also inducted, alongside former European Tour executive director Ken Schofield, and twice former British Open winner Willie Park Jr, taking the overall World Golf Hall of Fame membership to 146.

 

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