July 21, 2014
Former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has set his sights on completing an historic ‘Grand Slam’ at next week’s Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.
The 51 year old Scot, who won the US Senior PGA Championship in May, claimed the US Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree National in Oklahoma on Sunday, defeating Gene Sauers in a play-off after trailing the American by four shots going into the final round.
He became the only fifth golfer – after Gary Player (1988), Jack Nicklaus (1991), Hale Irwin (1998) and Roger Chapman (2012) – to lift both titles in the same season, and he now has the chance to complete the treble in Wales, the country where he led Europe to Ryder Cup glory four years ago.
Only Player managed the clean sweep of Majors on the European Senior Tour, the South African capturing the US Senior PGA, The Senior Open Championship and the US Senior Open in 1988.
But with Montgomerie feeling his game is approaching the same level as his prime in the late 1990s, the eight-time European Tour Number One will head to Royal Porthcawl confident he can match Player’s remarkable feat.
“I’m really on top of the world right now,” he said. “It’s a fabulous feeling. I’m going to have a week at home and then I will go down to Royal Porthcawl for The Senior Open and I am looking forward to trying to contend again.
“It was fantastic to win my first Senior Major and get my first victory on American soil in the US Senior PGA Championship, and then it was equally as satisfying to finally win a USGA event on Sunday by capturing the US Senior Open.
“To follow that by winning an R&A event, The Senior Open Championship, and joining Gary Player in the record books really would be a magnificent achievement and one I would be extremely proud of.
“Wales was so good to me and the European Team in 2010 and it would be nice to pay the Welsh public back by completing the treble in their country next week.
“Hopefully I can keep playing the way I have been doing. I shot 65 around Oak Tree National last week and finished with 65 at Benton Harbor, and I feel my golf is as good as it was in the ’90s when I was Number Two in the world. It really is. I can’t see any difference between that.”
Montgomerie will be part of a world class field at Royal Porthcawl from July 24-27, when he will be joined by US Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson, Welshman Ian Woosnam and Germany’s Bernard Langer, who finished in the top ten last week and lost in a play-off to Mark Wiebe in last year’s Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
In total, there will be 13 winners of regular Major Championships in the field, along with eight former Ryder Cup Captains, and seven former Senior Open Champions: Russ Cochran, Fred Couples, Langer, Noboru Sugai, Bruce Vaughan, Watson and Wiebe.
Five former European Number Ones – Sandy Lyle, Langer, Montgomerie, Ronan Rafferty and Woosnam – will feature, as well as seven winners of the European Senior Tour Order of Merit: Chapman, Peter Fowler, Carl Mason, Boonchu Ruangkit, Sam Torrance, Paul Wesselingh and Woosnam.
Tickets are still on sale to see Montgomerie’s attempt at securing the ‘Grand Slam’ at Royal Porthcawl.
Any One Day tickets for the biggest Senior golf championship in Europe are priced at £30, while season tickets, which include the Official Practice Day on Wednesday, July 23, are only £80. Practice day entry on July 23 only is £15.
Under-16s are admitted free of charge, while car parking is located on site close to the course and is also free.
Tickets for The 2014 Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl can be bought online via www.senioropengolf.com or by calling +44 (0)800 0232557, with details of the hospitality packages also available.
July 14, 2014
July 13, 2014 EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Colin Montgomerie is getting used to winning these big events. The Scotsman defeated Gene Sauers in a playoff to claim the U.S. Senior Open title Sunday at Oak Tree National. Montgomerie failed to win in 71 PGA TOUR majors and four Champions Tour majors until May, when he won the Senior PGA Championship. Now, he has won two of his past three majors to become just the fifth golfer to win both the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open in the same year. The 51-year-old said he has become more patient with Read more…
July 9, 2014
Colin Montgomerie’s presence on the Champions Tour has been successful all around. The scene outside the clubhouse at Fox Chapel GC, of Colin Montgomerie hanging out with the caddies watching the European Tour on a flat screen, would not have been imaginable in the Hall of Famer’s previous life. Certainly not before the opening round of a major championship in the U.S., where the thin- skinned Montgomerie became the target of some of the crudest forms of ugly American fan behavior ever directed at an international golfer. Last week he returned to Pittsburgh to celebrate two anniversaries. Twenty years ago Read more…
June 9, 2014
Senior Major Champion Colin Montgomerie Partners with Forsgate Country Club and Shackamaxon Country Club as Touring Ambassador
Monroe Township, N.J. (June 3, 2014)—Forsgate Country Club, the central New Jersey-based private club that boasts the prestigious Banks Course, and the tradition-rich Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, announce that Senior PGA Championship winner and Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie will represent the clubs as their touring ambassador. Both Forsgate and Shackamaxon are affiliated with RDC Golf Group, Inc., a New Jersey-based golf course ownership and management company. Over the next year, members of Forsgate and Shackamaxon may be fortunate to see honorary member Montgomerie at their facilities as he participates in charitable events, showcasing his legendary Read more…
May 29, 2014
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM This victory was all about Colin Montgomerie. He waited a long time to get it and when it finally came at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, it was decisive. And to put an exclamation point on what happened at Harbor Shores, Montgomerie was Pure Monty. From the beginning of the week to the end, Montgomerie did it his way. He was upfront-and-personal with his words and his performance in winning for the first time on the Champions Tour and in America. But if anyone is inclined to add an assist, Montgomerie wouldn’t hesitate to Read more…
May 25, 2014
Colin Montgomerie ended 24 years of Major Championship heartache with a comprehensive victory at the US Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid in Michigan. The Scot, five times a runner-up in his 71 Major appearances before joining the senior ranks, carded a closing 65 at Harbor Shores to finish four shots clear of Tom Watson, with Bernhard Langer third, a unique achievement with European Senior Tour Members occupying the top three places. Indeed with 18 of the 35 European Senior Tour members invited making the cut, it was an impressive week for those flying the Senior Tour flag globally. An Read more…
May 15, 2014
The last couple of months have been busy, but good fun and I’m enjoying my golf right now. After finishing T2nd at The Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, we took a road trip to Biloxi for The Mississippi Classic, T6th so a good couple of weeks.t It was back home for a few days and then I headed out to Abu Dhabi for a weekend with Starwood hotels before a family holiday in Paris. I was at The Masters with SKY and then drove a couple of hours north for the Greater Gwinnet Championship where I finish T8th. The following Read more…
May 14, 2014
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April 29, 2014
Colin Montgomerie and Corey Pavin, the men who led Europe and the United States respectively in the dramatic 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor Resort, are preparing to renew their rivalry on Welsh soil after confirming they will be part of the field for The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, from July 24-27. The pair will be joined at the Bridgend Links by the current U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson, as well as one of Montgomerie’s winning team, Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez, who will make his debut in The Senior Open Championship. Montgomerie Read more…
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