Major doubt for Monty

Mark Garrod

WHETHER Colin Montgomerie plays another major remains in doubt after an amazing 900-mile overnight drive failed to pay off yesterday.

Disgusted by a closing 81 in the BMW PGA Championship – it was his worst-ever score at Wentworth – the former Ryder Cup captain went all the way home to Perthshire to get a putter.

He then turned round and headed back to Surrey for the 36-hole US Open qualifier at Walton Heath, but after a promising start missed out on the 11 spots up for grabs.

“Who in their right mind would do that? But yes, I did,” Montgomerie said. “I left Wentworth at 2pm, was home at 8pm, had tea with the family, left at 11pm and got here just after 6am.”

An opening four under par 68 put the 48-year-old Scot on course to play in San Francisco next month, but he followed it up with only a 72.

Last year was the first time since 1989 that he did not appear in any of the four majors, but he will keep on trying. He is entered for the Open qualifier at Sunningdale on June 25.