Monty Tells of Torment During Separation

By Golf Channel NewsroomOctober 23, 2002, 4:00 pm
Colin Montgomerie describes himself as a broken man, wandering the streets of London until 3 a.m., spending days shuffling through Harrods Department Store during the three months that he and wife Eimear were separated in the summer of 2000.
Montgomerie revealed the troubling story in his book, The Real Monty: The Autobiography of Colin Montgomerie. The separation changed him from a man whose life was centered totally on golf to the person he is today, focused on family first and career second.
Montgomerie describes himself as a selfish man as he entered 1998, the year of Eimears 30th birthday. There was very little communication between the two of us, he wrote. If Eimear had a problem, I would brush it off with a suggestion that we deal with it later, maybe after the end of that week's tournament. I loathed anything in the way of confrontation.
By May of 2000, the situation had deteriorated dramatically. He tells of the Benson & Hedges tournament when Eimear and the children drove to the Belfry the final day. Montgomerie played poorly and refused to be consoled by any in his family, driving home alone. The following week, Monty asked his wife to return home during the third round of the Volvo PGA, claiming she and the children were a distraction. That was hugely upsetting for her, he remembers.
The breakdown finally came to a head during the week of the British Open. We were unpacking when Eimear broke our silence to draw attention to a dinner invitation we had received from close friends at home. Did I think I would want to go? Montgomerie writes. I said that I was not prepared to think about it. I haven't got a clue, I said, irritated.
A little later, when Eimear dared to broach the subject again and got a similarly unhelpful response, she snapped. Eyeing me with a cold contempt, she announced that she had finally had enough. Golf, she pronounced, had taken over my life to the point where I would do better on my own. The marriage might as well be over. In fact, it was over in her eyes. Having said as much, she walked from the room.
Montgomerie at first felt wronged and self-righteous. He tells of finishing the tournament in a daze, breaking down in tears once on the final day on the 12th green. Shortly thereafter, he moved out of his home and into the Hilton Hotel in the Chelsea Harbor section of London. His first night there, he said, was fitful. As I lay there, the success I had had in golf and such adulation as had come my way suddenly seemed so meaningless, he wrote.
Then began the days in Harrods and the lonely ramblings at night. His tormented existence continued until he took the children for a weekend in the fall. It was full of fatherly things and ended with Eimear sending him a message - 'Thanks for giving them a good time.'
The weekend had worked from another point of view, he said. It was not until I had the three of them to myself for those two days that I began to understand the accusations that Eimear had been leveling at me. I saw then that we had not been like a normal family doing normal things. My contribution was nowhere near what it should have been. She was right in what she had said about golf meaning too much to me.
Eimear and he began exchanging messages on a regular basis. She and the children were to go on vacation over the New Years to Barbados, a trip that had been planned as a family outing before the separation. They did go and Montgomerie was in a state of high anticipation until the phone call came from Eimear, telling him the family had arrived safely.
Montgomerie asked about the welfare of the children. Eimear suddenly answered, 'The children need a father and I need a husband. You'd better get out here.'
That was the invitation he needed. He hurriedly threw some clothes in a suitcase and left London on the spur of the moment. Upon arrival in Barbados, Monty took a cab to the house, walked through the unlocked door and found her and the children on the beach.
It was some moment, and the start of our new life together, he wrote.
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Watch: Tiger birdies 3 of 4 to move one back

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 8:30 pm

Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off in his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which he walked in.

A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at the par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

His momentum was slowed by his first bogey of the day at No. 9, the product of an errant drive and its ensuing complications. As a result, Woods made the turn 2 under on his round, 9 under for the week, and still five off the lead, like when he started the day.

But Woods wouldn't wait long to make up for his mistake, immediately responding with another flagged iron and another birdie at No. 10.

He continued his assault on Bay Hill's par-5s at the 12th, getting up and down from the sand for a birdie-4 that moved him to 11 under par, just two off the lead.

And with this roll at 13 giving him his third birdie in four holes, the charge was officially on, with Woods just one back.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

“It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

“It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

Her confidence is high.

“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.