BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. ' Colin Montgomerie didnt find much to smile about after matching his worst round in a major championship.
Montgomerie shot a 14-over 84 Friday in the second round of the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, then snapped at a reporter who chuckled during one of his answers.
Make that your last laugh, the Scotsman said.
He is trying to play his way on to his eighth straight European Ryder Cup team and hurt his chances with a 20-over 160 total that missed the cut by more than 10 shots and had him in front of only five players, all PGA club professionals.
It was very difficult, obviously, but I made it more so, he said after making just two pars in his first 11 holes. I got off to a bad start and, unfortunately, I kept it going.
This was Montgomeries 15th PGA Championship and he finished in the top 10 twice, including a playoff loss to Steve Elkington in 1995. He has missed the cut in five of his last seven appearances.
The 45-year-old played a key role in Europes rout over the United States in the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills, but said he barely recognizes the course after it was redesigned for the PGA Championship.
This is nothing like the place that we came to four years ago, he said. I think we all enjoyed the setup then more than we do now.
Montgomeries 84th and final shot, a 5-foot par putt on No. 18, did provide him with one reason to grin. It was struck from nearly the same spot as the one he made to officially clinch the Ryder Cup.
I holed the same putt that I made four years ago on the last green, he said. That was good.
Montgomerie said he wasnt thinking about the Ryder Cup during the disastrous round, but bristled again at a reporter who implied that his appearance streak in the biennial event was now over.
Im not on the team, am I? he asked sarcastically while walking away. Sorry, I didnt think you looked like (European captain) Nick Faldo.