Monty in America. July 17 2014

dragon logo darkchampions tour logo Monty in America is a great spectacle these days, especially as he has just won the  U.S. Senior Open, to go along with his victory at the Senior PGA Championship. That is two Majors in 2014 and he is looking forward to a battle royal against Bernhard Langer for the Charles Schwab Cup. Monty won the U.S. Senior Open in a play-off against Gene Sauers, after he had come from four shots off Gene's lead at the start of play to force the three hole play-off; Monty and Trophy / USGA/John Mummert "You talk about the Ryder Cup and one-on-one, I'm usually quite good. A play-off in a golf tournament is like a penalty shootout in the World Cup. You don't know what's going to happen." “It’s been a great summer, I’m really on top of the world right now. My play-off record is pretty weak, to be honest. I think I've been in 10 worldwide and won one of them up until today. I've lost in a play-off - 1994 - and been one shot behind a couple of times - in 1997 and 2006 - and you have to wait until you're 50 to finally win one." “I have been made very welcome here on the Champions Tour and it's a delight to come and play here on great golf courses. The weather is a lot better than it is at home and I'm enjoying it. I think if you enjoy something, you're usually quite good at it, no matter what it is. I'm enjoying playing golf here in America in my latter years and thrilled and delighted that I'm able to do so.” Monty has matured on the golf course these days, gone are the irritable diatribes against the gallery. A TV announcer once said that Monty could hear a fly fart from 4oo paces; “I think I've matured on the golf course, I'm more patient than I was. I think I felt that in majors when I was contending that I had to play perfect golf, I had to go out and score 64 and it's amazing the quality of the golf courses and the toughness of them, you don't. You have to play intelligent golf and I think I've matured enough to realize that and play more within myself and sometimes to play away from some pins so you don't make bogeys and you realize that in major golf pars are usually good enough, especially in USGA events.” “To stay ahead of Bernhard Langer in any senior event you play in, you're close to the lead. That was what I was trying to do all week was just stay one ahead of Bernhard Langer. And a great friend of mine,  Ryder Cup colleague of mine and great competitor. At 57 years old, all credit to him for keeping it going the way he does.”