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Colin Montgomerie believes he can stage a repeat British PGA championship win this weekend.

"I'm confident of what I'm doing and where the ball's going. It's just a matter of holing the putts at the right time really. If I can do that, I'll be in contention again," Montgomerie said after his last practice round on Thursday.

The Briton won the Benson and Hedges International Open by three shots at The Oxfordshire two weeks ago after a three-week break.

"As I said when I came to The Oxfordshire, I'd like to win two out of the next three events. I suppose, with last week's 20th place in Germany, I'm still on course for that."

Before last year, Montgomerie had never won the British PGA, flagship event of the European Tour, in 10 attempts.

Successive rounds of 70 hardly set the course alight but, having only just made the cut, he then powered into contention with a third round 65.

On the last day, he closed with birdies at the final two holes for a 69 to hold off Ernie Els, Patrick Sjoland and Gary Orr by a single stroke.

"I suppose that was one of my most enjoyable tournament wins, especially the way it was done. I made it hard on myself (after the first two rounds) and yet still managed to achieve it," Montgomerie said.

The Scot believes he is yet to reach his peak in the game. "Once you do, there is only one way to go. But I feel I can still improve. Nobody gets up and down as much as we would like and, although I hit a lot of fairways, I don't hit them all.

"I am only 35, not 40, and I hope to improve on getting my timing and my rhythm right. At The Oxfordshire, I couldn't improve on my performance from tee to green, but I would like to do that more regularly."

 

 

Reuters


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