recovering from back injury
There is one thing you can say about
Colin Montgomerie: he has remarkable powers of recovery. On Sunday night, as he
completed his final round in the Irish Open in Cork, the future looked utterly
bleak for the Scot who was seven times the winner of the Order of Merit on the
His injured back was needing treatment during almost every
round. He could not compete, he insisted, he was going home, he might not even
be able to play in the Open at Muirfield later this month.
was whisked away in a big, black limo. When would we see him again? The next day
he decided he would stay in Dublin, get some treatment, and visit a new golf course
he is designing. And where was he yesterday? Why, on the K Club course, Kildare,
practising for the European Open, which starts tomorrow.
Guy Kinnings, his
manager, came in with a statement, informing us that: "Colin will play in
the pro-am on Wednesday and the tournament itself. He has been working with his
coach Denis Pugh who checked that the way he was swinging was not hurting the
"The medical treatment is on-going, but provided the improvement
is maintained, Colin will play in the European, the Scottish Open, and at Muirfield.
personal trainer is with him and he is looking forward to the challenges of the
next few weeks. He is in a very positive frame of mind right now."
you go: what a difference a few days in the right hands can make.
the great back saga, one is unsurprised, however, that Montgomerie is not the
favourite for the European title. Instead that cross is to be carried by local
lad Padraig Harrington at 10-1, Darren Clarke and Colin are at 12s.
that Harrington has not won a tournament so far this season, he may be a sentimental
rather than a sensible choice. But the Dubliner does love the course and is pleased
to have Bob Torrance, his Scottish coach, with him this week.
father, has just recovered from an operation to unblock an artery, and believes
Padraig is ready to mount the winner's rostrum again. Harrington himself declared:
"If there is wind here, the K Club, which has heavy rough and lots of trees,
could be as big a test as the US Open at Bethpage, New York, was last month.
I would have liked to have a win on the board by now, but I am not particularly
anxious. I am confident that things are going in the right direction and that
my game is on track."
Looking at the betting, I note that Denmark's
Thomas Björn, fifth at Cork, is quoted at 20-1 which are very tempting odds.
K Club is, of course, the venue for the Ryder Cup contest in 2006. Who is the
favourite to be the European team captain? Is it a bloke with a dodgy back? Watch
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