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Montgomerie looking to regain confidence in Austria

Colin Montgomerie is looking for a further boost to his confidence this week in the Austrian Open after ending the worst spell of his career.

The eight-times European number one's fourth place in last week's Wales Open behind winner Robert Karlsson has convinced the Briton he can be a force again this summer.

"I gained a little bit of confidence in Wales and I'm looking to gain a little bit more in Austria," said the 42-year-old ahead of his 14th U.S. Open next week.

"I'm driving the ball well and keeping the ball in play, which bodes well for next week. That gives my iron shots a chance and if I hole some putts, I'll be okay.

"It's been a poor start to the year, but let's see if we can have a good summer."

Montgomerie has been the driving force in getting the Austrian Open back on the European Tour schedule after an absence of 10 years.

Paul McGinley won the 1996 version after shooting a career-best 10-under 62 in the final round.

The Irishman has had a problematic few weeks in which he has missed several cuts and had knee surgery. His aim is to maintain his place in Europe's Ryder Cup top 10 -- he lies seventh.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn is in the field for the tournament at Fontana Golf Club near Vienna.

His victory in the Irish Open three weeks ago took him to just outside the top 10 in the Ryder Cup table and the Dane is looking to force his way into the reckoning for the match in September.

Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez missed the cut as the holder in Wales. He lies 11th in the table, with the top 10 qualifying automatically, and Bjorn 12th.

June 7, 2006

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