2013 Senior Players Championship Preview: Leaderboard
COLIN MONTGOMERIE was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame recently but there is still one thing missing form his resume – he’s never won a major.
The popular Scotsman has a chance to redress that this week when, as a brand new rookie on the US Champions Tour, he plays his first senior major.
Montgomerie turned 50 only last Sunday and hasn’t wasted any time getting into the swing of things on the senior circuit.
He will line up this weekend at the 2013 Constellation Senior Players Championship at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, the third of five senior majors for the year.
“You don’t normally look forward to a birthday – do you? – when you get towards 50, but in golfing terms you do,” Montgomerie said. “We’re very fortunate that in other sports you would be well gone at 50.”
Montgomerie is eager to line up against lots of old friends and combatants in a field that includes Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Tom Watson, Mark O’Meara, Rocco Mediate and Aussies Peter Senior and Steve Elkington.
He has been researching the tour by speaking to some of the golfers he has known for many years, including Langer and O’Meara, and watching on television.
“I’ve been watching more television than I would normally,” he said. “Sky Sports do a very good job in broadcasting the Champions Tour over to Europe, and I’m always surprised at the level of competition and standard that the Champions Tour has.
“Bernhard is a friend and we’ve played many matches together and I know how good he is. He’s on top of the tree right now, the standard is quite phenomenal and I’m in no illusion at all … I look forward to the challenge of it.”
Montgomerie savors the thought of playing with contemporaries.
“Right now I’m playing against guys that are well under half my age, I’ve got children older than them, and it doesn’t seem fair,” he said. “So at least when I get to America I feel that I’m on more of a level playing field.”
He’s hoping that first major might not be far off. He has also spoken with Couples and knows how much the fellow Hall of Famer appreciates his 2012 Senior British Open title, saying how proud he was to win an R&A event and beat Langer at Turnberry.
“……it meant a lot to [Couples], a real amount to him and I think it would the same to me. So if I can compete in any major championship, I think it would fulfil a dream, of course it would.”
Montgomerie has never won on the US PGA Tour but can draw on his 40 professional victories, winning the European Tour Order of Merit eight times and on being a central figure in eight Ryder Cups during Europe’s domination.
2013 Senior Players Championship TV Schedule
Coverage in Australia on ESPN.
1st Round: Live, Friday 2am – 4.30am. Replay, 9.30am – 11am. 2nd Round: Live, Saturday 2.30am – 4.30am. Replay, 9.00am – 11am. 3rd Round, Sunday 5am – 8am. Final Round, Monday, 6am – 8am. Replay 2.30pm – 4pm.
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