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Golf News: - Posted 28th November 1997

Montgomerie wins European Tour Player of the Year

Virginia Water, Wentworth, Surrey - The first player to finish at the top the European PGA Tour's money-winning list five years in a row, Colin Montgomerie, again has been selected the Tour's Golfer of the Year.

This is the third time the 34-year-old Scot has won the award.

Other leading candidates were U.S. Open champion Ernie Els, Ryder Cup captain Seve Ballesteros, José Maria Olazábal, Bernhard Langer and newcomers Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood.

Montgomerie, who made the halfway cut in all 19 European tour events he entered, had a total of 325 birdies and 13 eagles to wind up 177-under-par for the season.