Colin Montgomerie’s phenomenal debut seniors season shows no signs of stopping after the Order of Merit leader won the Russian Open in Moscow yesterday following a seven-under final round 65.
The win was the Scotsman’s fourth in his last five seniors events. In those five tournaments the 51-year-old is a combined 50-under-par, and has won 102,591 euros. As a result, the 2010 European Ryder Cup captain believes he’s playing as well as he’s ever done.
“I have had a lot of good runs of form over the years but I think this is right up there with the best of them,” the eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner told europeantour.com
"I’m also holing out just like I did when I was younger." - Colin Montgomerie
“I think I’m playing as well as I have ever done right now. A year ago I said I wasn’t driving as well as I did when I was winning my Order of Merit titles but that’s not the case anymore.
“I hit 28 fairways out of 28 the last two days and you can’t do any better than that. I’m shorter now than I used to be but that’s the only difference. I’m playing as well through the green as I have ever done and I’m also holing out just like I did when I was younger.
“It was a lot of fun out there today. It was a dream start to my year with three wins in my first four starts on the European Senior Tour and now it has just got better.”
Colin Montgomerie reunited with old friend
In his final round, Monty was paired with Tim Thelen, his old roommate from his college days in America. The European Tour legend clearly enjoyed the partnership, shooting the joint lowest round of the tournament, a 65.
"It was super to compete with him again like we used to do at college." - Colin Montgomerie
“It was also great to play in the last group with Tim,” said Monty. “We were roommates at Houston Baptist University but I don’t think we have played golf together like that for about 28 years. It was super to compete with him again like we used to do at college.”