For the first time since he won the Senior PGA Championship there two years ago, Colin Montgomerie teed off at Harbor Shores.
“It was surreal to come back and see all the places and say that was where that happened and that was where that happened. It was amazing to feel and very emotional coming back.”
The Scotland native made the trip to the Benton Harbor, MI course to promote the upcoming Senior PGA Championship.
Montgomerie seems to be a favorite to win this year’s championship given of his resume of three major victories on the champions tour and his legendary background in the Ryder Cup. However, in a field including Tom Watson and Jon Daly, Montgomerie says he’ll have his work cut out for him.
“You’ve got a series of guys I could reel off including hall of famers and future hall of famers,” said Montgomerie. “There are 20 guys you could think could easily, easily walk-off with this title.”
Montgomerie will to Harbor Shores not only looking to recreate the magic he churned up two years ago, he also wants to become the first golfer since the late 1990’s to win the championship trophy three years in a row.
“It’s up to me to try and take that, but as I said the competition out here is very, very, very tough,” said Montgomerie.
The round of golf Montgomerie played at Monday’s media day event presented him an opportunity to enjoy the course he won his first career major on.
“This place, this Benton Harbor, Harbor Shores place, is a very special place to me,” said Montgomerie.
It also gave him a practice round. Which he hopes will help when the Senior PGA Championship returns to Benton Harbor in a few weeks.
“There’s certain shots that have to be hit,” said Montgomerie. “I’ll be thinking about them on the way home tonight.”
The tournament tees off May 24th with a practice round for the golfers. Tickets can be found on the Senior PGA Championship website here: 2016 Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid Tickets.