Colin Montgomerie has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame by the slimmest of margins.
Montgomerie and Ken Schofield, head of the European Tour for nearly 30 years, were announced Tuesday as the latest inductees. They fill out the 2013 class that includes Willie Park Jr., Fred Couples and Ken Venturi.
Montgomerie won the European Tour money list a record eight times. He received 51 percent of the vote on the international ballot. That makes two inductees in this class – Couples was the other – who got in through a special provision. If no one gets the minimum 65 percent, the player with the most votes gets elected as long as it’s more than 50 percent.
The induction ceremony will be May 6 in St. Augustine, Fla.
REED TO WED: Former Augusta State All-American Patrick Reed is wrapping up an unforgettable year next week when he marries Justine Karain, who was with him each step this year as his caddie.
Despite having no status, he played 12 times on the PGA Tour, making it through Monday qualifying six times. That didn’t get him anywhere, so he had to go through the final two stages of Q-school. And despite a slow start in the final stage, he went 68-67-68-67 the last four rounds to get his card.
Next up is his wedding, followed by a cruise from Dec. 28 to Jan. 5.
Reed, however, wants to stay sharp for his rookie debut at the Sony Open in Honolulu, so he’s bringing his clubs with him on the honeymoon.
“They’re going to let me hit balls off a mat and into the ocean,” he said.
POULTER COLLECTION: The garage in Ian Poulter’s expansive new home in Orlando, Fla., might be mistaken for a Ferrari dealership.
Poulter has two of them in the garage at Lake Nona, and he even built a hydraulic lift to stack them on top of each other. Asked how he decides which one to drive, the Ferrari California or the Ferrari FF, he said it depends on how much time he has to bring one down from the lift.
But he’s not stopping at two.
“I’ve got two more coming,” he said before leaving the World Challenge in California.
After winning the HSBC Champions and its $1.2 million prize, Poulter said he “already spent the check last week.”
ARNIE’S COLUMN: Arnold Palmer will be writing a regular column for Golf Channel.com.
In his first column, the King applauded the USGA and R&A for its ban on anchoring clubs, such as the belly putter.
WITH THE KIDS: Fred Funk is not done with the kids. The 56-year-old Funk received a sponsor exemption to play in the Sony Open in January.
ALL IN FAMILY: Two weeks after Moriya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, was co-medalist at Q-school on the LPGA Tour, her sister, Ariya, won the Ladies European Tour qualifying tournament.