A missed 3-footer? Monty would gladly take a win that way
When John Daly missed a three-foot putt to lose in a playoff to Tiger Woods at the World Golf Championships in San Francisco, Woods gave a look of dismay and later said “You don’t want to win tournaments like that.”
Ok, so Colin kept his cool, but really, who could have blamed him if he decided that enough was enough and it was time to go commando.
Coming over the pond to play in the WGC’s, Montgomerie once again made a fine showing and collected a hefty check for coming in third. But, once again, he failed to win on American soil. This now makes Montgomerie winless in over 5,000 tournaments he’s entered in the U.S.
Or at least it probably seems that way to Colin. As Montgomerie prepares to tee off in this week’s Madrid Open, where a good finish should secure his eighth European Order of Merit crown, his reputation as someone who for the life of him can’t win in the U.S. continues unabated.
For the longest time, Montgomerie used to enter tournaments in the U.S. and just completely fall apart, all the while crafty and witty American fans found new, enterprising ways to call him fat.
Of late, Montgomerie seems to be playing well in U.S. events, he just can’t seem to register that win. Winning on the U.S. tour won’t define Montgomerie’s career at this stage – his domination of the European game keeps him as one of golf’s biggest names worldwide.
But the fact is that Montgomerie should be able to win in the U.S. and there are still plenty of golf fans that wish he would. Imagine how much easier it must be to be Phil Mickelson now that he never has to hear “the best golfer never to win a major?”
At 42, Montgomerie is still a formidable golfer, but time is running out. Whether he likes it or not, at this stage, his reputation in the U.S. is that of a European who can’t win in America. Only a victory will change that, and I’m sure he’d take it anyway he gets it.
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Maybe the correct question should be-"Why do the greatest golfers of all time play and win all over the world-not just in the U.S?"
Ernie Els has be the role model of any budding golfer today-it was good enough for Jack Nicklaus to play all over the world as it is for Ernie.
Maybe it's time to stop bagging Monty and and realise that the world does not revolve around the U.S!!!!!!!
My post had nothing to do with the U.S., just that Monty hasn't shown he can win anywhere in the world, which is what a champion needs to do. Ivan Lendl was a terror on the tennis court, and likely on any given day could beat any player in the world in his day. But his greatness is seriously tampered because he couldn't win Wimbledon.
Ernie Els has won everywhere in the world, including the U.S. Open. You notice you'll never see anyone write much questioning Els' greatness. He has proven his greatness. Monty just hasn't.
For the most part, the conditions on the PGA Tour are exactly the same week after week. Don't dispute that; it's true.
Proving yourself is winning in a wide range of climates and landscapes, like Monty.
Monty has proven himself to be one of the best golfers ever.
(By the way, Montgomerie was pretty much the top golfer in the U.S. when in college. He hasn't lost his ability to play in America; he just gets sick of all those rowdy 'golf fans' who apparently think they're at an ice hockey match.)
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