Colin Montgomerie will be officially crowned the European Senior Tour’s Number One when he returns to Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius for the season-ending MCB Tour Championship, from December 12-14.

The Scot will receive the John Jacobs Trophy as leading player on the Senior Tour Order of Merit when he signs off a memorable 2014 campaign which has yielded four victories in five appearances, including Major success in both the US Senior PGA Championship and the US Senior Open.

Montgomerie, who was also runner up to Bernhard Langer in The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl, has already surpassed Carl Mason’s 2007 record for earnings in a single season on the Senior Tour, having won €607,477 so far.

In Mauritius, he will have the opportunity to become the first player since Mason seven years ago to win five times in one season, while he will be hoping to follow the example of Paul Wesselingh who 12 months ago sealed the John Jacobs Trophy by winning the MCB Tour Championship.

Montgomerie finished in sixth position over the Legend Course last year, carding rounds of 70, 66 and 74 for a six under par total, with Wesselingh the runaway leader on 14 under par.

After his scintillating form to date in 2014, it will be 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain Montgomerie who will start as favourite for the title this time round, and he is looking forward to ending an impressive season at an equally impressive venue.

“It is going to be a big honour to receive the John Jacobs Trophy at the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius, and the tournament will be the perfect way to round off what has been a magnificent year for me,” said Montgomerie. “To win four times on the Senior Tour, including two Major Championships, really does represent a superb season, and you never know, if I can keep the form going in Mauritius it might even be five.

“I played well there last year and finished sixth, so I certainly feel I can play well again.  My family came out with me to Constance Belle Mare Plage last year and we all had a fantastic time. The hospitality and facilities were wonderful so we are all looking forward to it again.”

In addition to his two Major Championship victories, Montgomerie also successfully defended his Travis Perkins Masters title at the end of August, winning by ten shots at Woburn Golf Club, before triumphing the next week at Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior).

Having won a record eight Order of Merit crowns on The European Tour, next month he will become only the second former winner of the Harry Vardon Trophy to lift the John Jacobs Trophy, following in the spike marks of Ian Woosnam, who was European Number One in 1987 and 1990, and Senior Tour Number One in 2008.

Prior to that, the 51 year old will make his 600th European Tour appearance in this week’s Turkish Airlines Open by the Ministry of Youth and Sport.

Source: European Tour


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