Montgomerie reaches landmark

2009-03-25 19:46

Paris - Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie reaches another landmark on Thursday when he takes part in his 500th European Tour event.

The 45-year-old Scotsman, who has racked up 31 Tour wins as well as over 20 million euros in prize money, tees off at the Open de Andalucia in Seville alongside fellow stalwarts Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

"I'm very fortunate to have reached the landmark of playing in my 500th European Tour event as a professional," said Montgomerie, eight-times a year-end European number one.

"I'm very lucky that my career is also my passion, and that I still enjoy the thrill of competing just as much as I did when I started out on The European Tour 20 years ago.

"Over the years and the 499 professional events I have played in, I have been delighted and proud to be part of The European Tour and to see it develop into the thriving worldwide Tour it stands as today."