Monty comments on the US OPEN

Here in Scotland Colin Montgomery is the equivalent to Mike Wier/Don Cherry and God, all in one person. I love him, and really feel bad about having jeered “Go Mrs Doubtfire” as he passed at the Ryder Cup in Boston. I honestly can say I have never not liked him, or his game, in fact if I were a braver man I would come out and say, Monty’s a hero of mine. Two years ago he gave the US Open to Mickelson who promptly gave it to Geoff Ogilvy. Anyway, in today’s SUNDAY TIMES Paul Forsyth wrote a pre-US Open piece and most of his quotes are pure Monty.

“Is there any reason to fear a one-legged Tiger?” Monty: “Oh God yes, one-armed, one-legged, whatever he might be”

After pointing out to Monty that only two weeks ago there were reports of Tiger limping into a press conference. “Really? Ah, there will always be reports, of course there will. But has anyone actually seen him? He has delayed coming back for a reason, and you know he’ll be out there practising. He is a physical specimen of a like we have never known in our sport, and I’m sure his injured leg we be twice as good as my so-called fit one.”

When commenting on Phil Mickelson saying the Torrey Pines course is set up as the hardest course in the world, 7,600 yards at sea-level, US OPEN conditions, etc. “God Almighty, last year was difficult, and this, apparently will be as difficult, if not more so. It’s playable, of course it is, but you need everything on song to just get round. The best score in the past two has been 5 over, I wonder if a succession of train wrecks is anyone’s (USGA) idea of entertainment.”

No comment was given on Tiger’s comment: “Hopefully I’ll be close to 100%. If not, no big deal, I’ve won tournaments like that before.”

Phil knows, “His 80% is pretty darn good (Ford-speak), so I’ll have to be ready (110%). The Betting Houses here in the UK are pretty busy separating punters from their cash on football bets right now but they still have Tiger as the choice to win. I think he’ll have trouble beating my other hero, Sergio. And Phil. And Trevor Immelman could surprise. Harrington will be there too if anyone is giving majors away, he scooped up last year’s Open when Romero and Garcia couldn’t bend down to pick up the claret jug.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE LPGA ? I love watching it and honestly it is not on any TV over here, nor in any newspapers. The Womens Open was so successful here last year I can’t believe there is no coverage anywhere. Lorena Who? I ‘d love to see her and Anika trying to win one of the majors that Sandra Post won. The Golf Channel went under here and Satanta Sports covers some events, Sky coves some, but no one does the LPGA. Sad, instead it’s a steady diet of football (where diving is allowed).

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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