Colin Montgomerie Abandons Plans to Compete in Last Open Championship

"I'll leave it to the bigger hitters. The distance those players now hit means I can't compete."

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Colin Montgomerie Abandons Plans to Compete in Last Open Championship
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Colin Montgomerie doesn't intend to be part of the Majors anymore, especially since he has officially confirmed that he won't compete in the Open Championship this year from July 18th to 21st. Montgomerie had been considering participating in this Major for some time, but he revealed why he changed his mind. 

Last year, this 60-year-old golfer stated that he would try to qualify for Troon, as he did in 2016. He emphasized at that time that he would give his all and that if he didn't succeed, he would regret it. However, now that some time has passed, this experienced golfer has stated that he has changed his plans. Montgomerie will play in the 2024 Senior Open and has confirmed that he doesn't plan to compete in the 152nd edition of the Open Championship.

Montgomerie has stated that he would love to play, but considering that the golf course is getting longer and longer, it poses enormous problems for him. He is proud of his performance in 2016 and the moment when he hit the opening tee shot. Besides that, this brilliant golfer has made the cut, but considering his age and motivation, Collin doesn't intend to compete in this Major anymore.

"I would love to play but the course is getting longer and longer and I want to bow out at The Open as I did in 2016," -Montgomerie told BBC Sport.

"I was proud of qualifying and making the cut but those days, sadly, are behind me."-he continued.

Collin Montgomerie: I'll leave it to the bigger hitters

The 60-year-old golfer has confirmed that he will leave this to the bigger hitters, considering that things are changing rapidly in the golf world, and it's difficult for him to adapt to new things. Montgomerie is aware of the challenges of modern golf, and despite the technology, some things are very difficult to achieve. He believes that he could potentially compete over nine holes, but it's hard for him to do more.

"I'll leave it to the bigger hitters. The distance those players now hit means I can't compete. Technology has kept me going but I average about 275 yards off the tee, that is four-iron for these players.

Yes you can get lucky and compete over nine holes but it's not going to happen over 72."- Montgomerie said.

Montgomerie is known as a golfer who has been close to winning Majors many times, but he would always lack luck in the final moments or spoil things. He even finished T2 at the U.S. Open three times in 1994, 1997, and 2006. Additionally, this amazing golfer was 2nd at the PGA Championship as well as at The Open Championship in 2005. 

Colin Montgomerie plays the Walker Cup on the Old Course at Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire, England in 1987
Colin Montgomerie plays the Walker Cup on the Old Course at Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire, England in 1987© Getty Images
 

Many consider it a huge pity that this 60-year-old never made the final step to claim victory. However, Colin has nothing to regret, considering that his career is already impressive, and he has become a recognizable figure in the world of golf. His highest career ranking was achieved in 1996 when he was ranked number 2 in the world.

Collin Montgomerie; I’m playing at Carnoustie because I can still compete


However, he has managed to win three senior majors since turning 50, including the Senior US Open and the Senior US PGA Championship. His intention is to add the Senior Open to that collection. He's aware it will be a tough task, but we'll see if he succeeds. The tournament will take place from July 25th to 28th. 

Colin wants to play at Carnoustie, believing he still has what it takes. As long as he feels he has the strength to compete with his peers and believes in his abilities, he won't give up on his goals.

"I’m playing at Carnoustie because I can still compete. If I didn’t think I had a chance of contending, I wouldn’t do it. I’m a contender as opposed to a competitor. That’s a big difference."- Montgomerie said.

Colin Montgomerie wins the Volvo Masters at the Valderrama Golf Club in southern Spain, 1993
Colin Montgomerie wins the Volvo Masters at the Valderrama Golf Club in southern Spain, 1993© Stephen Munday/Getty Images Sport
 

Montgomerie is one of the favorite golfers in Europe. He has achieved an impressive 31 victories on the European Tour, while managing to secure 7 wins on the PGA Tour Champions. There are numerous other victories in his career on various tours. Credit must be given to this phenomenal golfer for all he has accomplished in his career. Although winning a Major remained an unrealized dream, Montgomerie can take pride in his career successes. Even when things didn't look ideal, he managed to bounce back and achieve great results. In the company of many brilliant golfers, he stood out as one of the best.

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