• The Scot admitted he was craving a bacon roll mid-round
• Said he was 'proud' of his comeback after double-bogey
COLIN MONTGOMERIE | THE OPEN
Colin Montgomerie admitted he was craving a bacon roll during the first round of the Open Championship after posting a level par 71.
The 53-year-old, who got proceedings underway at 6.35am, got off to the worst possible start with a double-bogey on the par-4 first hole, but by the turn he was three-under after five birdies in the next eight holes.
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And after missing out on breakfast following his 4am wake-up call, Montgomerie admitted that by the seventh, he was ready to pop in for a mid-round snack.
“Yeah, you smell it . There’s one place left of seven that’s annoying. You want to stop and I did in practice rounds but I had to keep going. The smell was fantastic though, you can’t beat it.”
Montgomerie referred to his fourth shot on the first, where he chipped out sideways from a bunker at the front left of the green, as ‘one of the best shots of his career’ as he scrambled to make a six, and said he was pleased with the way he fought back.
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“A lot better players in the world than me would’ve taken a 71 after a double-bogey at the first,” said Colin Montgomerie. “It’s one of the easiest holes – if not the easiest – par-4 on the course and to be two-over there, the top ten in the world would’ve taken a 71, so I’m very proud of myself for hanging on in.
“I’ve got to be realistic. All I was hoping for was to walk down the 18th on Sunday and it’s still that way. I haven’t changed my goal.”
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