McIlroy break a mistake -- Montgomerie
Published 05/07/2011 | 05:00
Colin Montgomerie believes it would have been in Rory McIlroy's best interests to have gotten all the back-slapping out of the way by playing an event before next week's British Open at Sandwich.
Golf's newest superstar decided to take three weeks off after his amazing eight-shot victory at the US Open last month.
"I'd like to have seen him play a competitive tournament between the two Majors," said Montgomerie. "He's so natural I don't think there are any fears about his game, but it's the locker room -- there are going to be so many people wanting to congratulate him.
"Now he's got that ahead of him and on the first tee I think he will be mentally tired -- but who am I to say?"
Montgomerie has never won a Major and, as things stand, he is not even in the field next week -- his last opportunity is to finish in the top five at Castle Stuart this week.
"I hope he does well, and I think he will contend," added Monty, who was in London yesterday with Padraig Harrington launching the 'HSBC Ultimate Open 18', their choice of a course pulled together from all nine on the British Open rota. They came up with the following:
Ultimate British Open 18
1st St Andrews (376yds, par 4)
2nd Birkdale (421yds, par 4)
3rd Carnoustie (361yds, par 4)
4th St Andrews (480yds, par 4 )
5th Carnoustie (392yds, par 4)
6th Carnoustie (512yds, par 5)
7th Birkdale (177yds, par 3)
8th Troon (123yds, par 3)
9th Turnberry (449yds, par 4)
10th Muirfield (475yds, par 4)
11th Troon (490yds, par 4)
12th Birkdale (183yds, par 3)
13th Birkdale (498yds, par 4)
14th St Andrews (618yds, par 5)
15th St George's (496yds, par 4)
16th Carnoustie (245yds, par 3)
17th St Andrews (495yds, par 4)
18th Muirfield (473yds, par 4)
Overall yardage: 7264 (Par 70)