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Monty looking forward to the end of season

Given a choice to describe himself as either bursting with enthusiasm or mentally jaded, Colin Montgomerie is faced with no choice at all.

``I never, ever, burst with enthusiasm,'' said Montgomerie, who shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to move into contention in the second round of the Australian Open.

``I'm slightly mentally jaded, and physically, too. It's been a long year and they all are now, there's a lot of tournaments being pushed in there.''

It's been a long but successful year for Montgomerie, who topped the European tour money list for a record sixth consecutive year and won six tournaments.

Montgomerie has one more tournament to play, the Million Dollar Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, and his previous record there suggest promoters could get all or nothing.

``Winning the European Order of Merit takes a lot more out of me than one might think,'' Montgomerie said. ``Sun City is a classic example, I've played there six times and almost every time I've gone there I've won the Order of Merit first. I've won it once and the other five I've been dead last.

``That says something -- yes, I've had enough by then after the European circuit.''

Adding to negatives is a decline in Montgomerie's putting over the past four tournaments. He had 36 putts in an opening-round 72 at Royal Sydney on Thursday and described his performance as ``criminal.''

On Friday, things got better.

``It's the first time in 13 or 14 rounds of golf where I can honestly say my putting didn't hinder me,'' Montgomerie said. ``I'm not saying it helped me a great deal, I had a number of chances, but it's nice to take the odd opportunity and convert it.''

The putting problems are obviously eating away at him. He changed his usual pre-round routine Friday and put all his concentration into the putting green.

``I'm not talking 30 footers here, I'm talking 10 feet and in,'' Montgomerie said. ``They should go in. If I hole one in three from 10 feet that's good, but I'm not on that level.''

But Montgomerie putted well enough to protect a record of which he has considerable pride.

``It's nice to make the cut here,'' Montgomerie said.

``That's the whole year now without missing one, including 10 events in the U.S., 17 in Europe and a few other tournaments. I think Tiger Woods and I are the only two who can say that, so it's nice to achieve.''