recovering from back problems
Scotlands Colin Montgomerie
is receiving treatment for a painful back injury that he sustained during the
European Tour event in Germany where he forced world number one Tiger Woods into
Montgomerie was beaten at the third play-off hole by Woods and
confirmed that he would have pulled out of the tournament if he werent in
"If I had been two under par rather than leading I wouldn't
have been here," said Montgomerie.
"I was about to pull out.
thought at the start of the day that 80 was reasonable and maybe 75, but 69 (his
last round total) is very, very good.
"In the play-off my back was
getting far too sore and that's why I was hooking it. But at the end of the day
the best man won."
Montgomerie is trying to regain full fitness in
time for Thursdays PGA Championship at Wentworth, an event he has won three
"Colin's taken it very easy today and we will know more in the
morning," said his manager Guy Kinnings.
"He's been told that
although it might be painful he's not doing any more damage to his back by playing.
the same man he saw last June when he had to pull out of the English Open at the
Forest of Arden.
"There was no talk of surgery being needed then and
he was given a series of exercises, which he has been doing."
paid tribute to Montgomerie's efforts in Germany.
"Monty was obviously
not exactly feeling his best, but he is a true champion and fought the entire
round," said Woods before heading to Muirfield Village in Ohio - where he
goes for a fourth successive Memorial Tournament win this weekend.
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