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Montgomerie to be honoured by PGA

Colin Montgomerie, who, it is fair to say, has experienced the highs and lows this year, is to receive a special award from the Professional Golfers' Association for his outstanding contribution to the sport.

The 41-year-old Scot will be honoured at the PGA's annual benevolent fund-raising luncheon at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on Friday.

Sandy Jones, the PGA's chief executive, said: "Colin has proved one of his generation's most recognisable and endearing sports stars and is a true statesman of golf."
Montgomerie follows in the footsteps of last year's inaugural winner, Nick Faldo, of England, winner of six majors.

The Scot has yet to win a major, but in the meantime he is being recognised for a career that has brought him 38 tournament victories worldwide, seven consecutive European Tour order of merits from 1993 to 1999 and seven Ryder Cup appearances.

Montgomerie has been a sad figure at times this season following the break-up of his marriage, arriving at Forest of Arden in May to declare: "This is the first day of the rest of my life".

Just over four months later at Oakland Hills, near Detroit, he holed the deciding putt to give Europe victory in the Ryder Cup, in his singles match against David Toms.

Away from the fairways Montgomerie has been a tireless charity worker. He has his own trust - The Colin Montgomerie Charitable Foundation. It was founded in 1998 to benefit children's and health charities.

At the lunch there will also be a presentation to Ken Schofield, the PGA European Tour's retiring executive director, who is stepping down this month after 30 years at the helm.

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