Monty heads back for home comforts

Scots needs TLC to regain Volvo PGA

Bob Warters's picture
Tue, 21 May 2002

Colin Montgomerie hurried home to Surrey last night for a dinner party hosted by his wife Eimear and to get some urgent treatment on his back.

Despite having to receive regular treatment and take painkillers he made a courageous showing against Tiger Woods in the Deutsche Bank SAP Open in Heidelburg.

It took three extra holes of a playoff for Tiger to shake off Monty after both had finished on 20 under par for the four rounds.

Now if he can get more treatment and keep up the swimming at his Oxshott home to keep those muscles supple, Monty has a great chance to re-capture the Volvo PGA title he lost to fellow Scot Andrew Oldcorn last year.

Woods paid tribute to battling Monty after his play-off victory.

"He is a great champion, whether he has won a major or not," said Woods after his third victory in the event in four years.

"Monty was obviously not exactly feeling his best, but he is a true champion and fought the entire round.

"It was a great battle going head-to-head with him - and a lot of fun."

As Monty heads for Wentworth, Woods was spirited back to Columbus Ohio, where he aims to capture the Memorial Tournament for the fourth successive year, also starting on Thursday.

Among his main challengers will be Nick Price, the Zimbabwean who captured his first PGA Tour victory in four years at The Colonial in Texas on Sunday.

Woods is a 2-1 favourite to claim Jack Nicklaus’s annual jamboree, with Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia rated 13-1 to end his winning streak.

Jesper Parnevik if 50-1 and Per Ulrick Johansson 125-1 in a field that contains no Britons as it clashes with the European Tour blue riband event at Wentworth.



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