• The Scot didn't think four-over-par total would make it
• But in the worsening conditions, he scraped in
COLIN MONTGOMERIE | THE OPEN
He feared the worst, but Colin Montgomerie will fulfil his goal at the start of the week of walking down the 18th at home course Royal Troon on Sunday.
The 53-year-old was convinced that he wouldn’t make it to the weekend after a four-over-par second round that included no birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey on the 11th.
“A real shame,” said the Scot afterwards while trying to gather his thoughts but, in worsening afternoon conditions, the cut line plummeted from one-over-par to four-over-par, meaning the Scot – as well as Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Danny Willett, Graeme McDowell and Paul Lawrie – made it to the weekend.
It makes it all the more sweet for Montgomerie, who has reiterated on a number of times this week that his goal was simply to make the cut and be there on Sunday.
Speaking in his pre-Open press conference on Monday, Colin Montgomerie said: “There's no pressure on me anymore. I used to put pressure on myself when I was No.2 in the world coming here and expectations were high. There's no question. But there's no pressure now. I'm just going to enjoy it and take every par, every birdie, if they come along, as a bonus.
“My goal this week is to attempt to walk down 18 fairway on Sunday. That's the goal. Anything beyond that, again, would be a bonus.”
And yesterday, after recovering from a double-bogey start to post a level par 71, he hadn’t shifted from that aim.
“Well, as I said, I've got to be realistic,” he said. “All I’m hoping for is to walk down the 18th on Sunday. And I'm still with that; I haven't changed my goal.”
Well Monty, now you get to do just that!
Colin Montgomerie :: Here for the weekend
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