Monty Injures Hand Doubtful for PGA

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European TourGLENEAGLES, Scotland -- Colin Montgomerie pulled out of the Johnnie Walker Championship on Thursday because of a hand injury and may miss next weeks PGA Championship.
 
Montgomerie, playing for the first time since finishing runner-up at last months British Open, hurt the fingers of his right hand on a shot off the 18th fairway in the first round. He planned to have X-rays after returning to London later Thursday.
 
Colin Montgomerie
Colin Montgomerie is currently second on the European Order of Merit.
His Ryder Cup teammate David Howell also pulled out injured at Gleneagles, saying he too may miss next weeks major at Baltusrol.
 
Hopefully I can rest up over the next three or four days and manage to go to America on schedule. If not, I wont, Montgomerie said. I hurt both my index finger and my middle finger. All three middle fingers have all bruised and swollen up.
 
Montgomerie said his grip slipped at the top of his swing.
 
Its got to be one of the worst shots Ive ever hit, he said.
 
Howell withdrew after Wednesdays pro-am because of an abdominal muscle injury which he believes he sustained during the U.S. Open in June. He withdrew from that event and has not played since.
 
Howell said he felt he could not play five straight days and was doubtful whether he would play at next weeks PGA, adding that he may target a return at the following weeks NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
 
Its going to be touch and go. We will have to wait and see, Howell said.
 
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