Monty treating the
US PGA as an ordinary event
jets out to the USPGA in Chicago, vowing: "I'll treat it as an ordinary
European Tour event".
Europe's number one
golfer will tackle the fourth and final Major of the season in top form,
following his landslide nine-stroke victory in the Volvo Scandinavian Masters.
It was Monty's fourth
European Tour success of the season - the first time in his glorious career
that he has won more than three European titles in the same year.
While there is no
doubting Montgomerie's credentials as the best golfer in Europe, though,
he will not be recognised as a world great until he has won a Major.
He has come close
in America before but even when he has been in form he has still failed
to bring home the big prize. Now he is ready to try a different psychological
approach in the hope that he may, at last, crack it on the big stage.
"It feels good
to be going to Chicago as a winner," said Montgomerie.
"I shall try
to treat the tournament at Medinah as an ordinary European Tour event as
much as I can.
"I am in a good
grouping, playing with Ernie Els and Justin Leonard, and I am looking forward
to 36 holes with them. I know I am yet to win a Major but I would not exchange
any of my titles for one - it is great looking at my trophy cabinet and
seeing six Order of Merit shields.
"I shall not
start to think about Medinah until I am on the flight to Chicago. Right
now I am thinking about the trophy I have just won. But I do feel confident
because there aren't any weaknesses in my game.
"I am driving
the ball well, and when you do that it makes the game easy."
Montgomerie shot a
final-round 69 at the Barseback course in Malmo to finish on 20-under par,
nine shots ahead of his nearest challenger and defending champion, Sweden's
It was the biggest
winning margin on Tour this year, beating Paul Lawrie's seven-stroke win
at the Qatar Masters.
prize of £166,000 boosted his hopes of holding off the challenge of
Lee Westwood in the race to be Europe's top gun and win the Order of Merit
for the seventh successive season. The Scottish ace is now £291,000
ahead of his English rival.
in Sweden is no guarantee he will do the same in the USPGA, however. Only
last month he won a tournament the week before a Major and then blew out
in the big one. That was when he stormed to victory at Loch Lomond, the
warm-up event to the Open.
He will take a week
off after Chicago by missing the BMW International, then fly back to America
for the NEC Invitational in Ohio. He will also contest the British Masters
before leading the European defence of the Ryder Cup in Boston.