Montgomerie soldiers on
Injured Colin Montgomerie has no intention of missing either of his next two tournaments to make sure he is fit for The Open.
Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has no intention of missing either of his next two tournaments to make sure he is fit for The Open.
The 47-year-old has been battling with a torn calf muscle and an Achilles problem for the best part of the last month, but with injections, painkillers and tape has played on in this week’s BMW International Open.
“I don’t fancy the prospect of four events in a row, but I want to play all of them so I will,” said Montgomerie, deep in the pack at six under par after a third-round 72 in Munich.
He moves on to the French Open next week – his second place there two years ago was his last top-10 finish – and then it is the Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond the week before The Open.
He qualified for St Andrews with a course record 62 at Sunningdale New three weeks ago and so will return to the scene of his runner-up finish behind Tiger Woods five years ago.
As for the injections he has been having, Montgomerie added: “I thought the dentist was bad, but the doctor here’s been brilliant.”
The Scottish Open field boasts three of golf’s four current major champions in Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson and YE Yang, but only two of Europe’s current top 12 in the world in new US Open champion McDowell and German Martin Kaymer.
Nearly all of them, though, are in Ireland at the start of the same week for the JP McManus Pro-am also featuring
“Barclays suffers, but I’ll be there,” stated Montgomerie. “I can’t miss it and I wouldn’t.”
The absence of the stars, of course, could have an impact on the race for places in his side to take on the Americans in October.
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