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Golf Talk Live - Colin Montgomerie Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT A GRAPHIC OF HOW DOMINANT YOU HAVE BEEN IN EUROPE AND AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THAT I'M GOING TO READ A COUPLE OF

EXCERPTS FROM THINGS PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT YOU. FIRST FROM JOHN HAWKINS, I'M ON AUGUST 11TH 2000 ISSUE OF GOLF WORLD.

THIS IS A GUY WHO DRIVES THE BALL LIKE BRUCE LIETZKY IN HIS PRIME. ONE OF THE 5 BEST IRON PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, WHO WINS TOURNAMENTS IN EUROPE EACH SUMMER BY HOLING EVERY MAKABLE PUTT ON SUNDAY.

IN 13 EUROPEAN TOUR VICTORIES DURING THE LAST 4 YEARS, HIS FINAL ROUND STROKE AVERAGE IS A REMARKABLE 66.7. BEFORE THAT HE WON TEN STRAIGHT TOURNAMENTS BY A SINGLE STROKE. THIS IS THE MAN WHO SHOULD BE DUKING

IT OUT WITH WOODS UH. ANOTHER COMMENT, THIS ALSO FROM GOLF WORLD, JUNE 12, '98, JOHN HAWKINS. NOT ONLY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT A WORLD CLASS

PLAYER, BUT A GUY WHO GOBBLES UP PRESSURE LIKE A CHOCOLATE _CLAIR.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BEING 37 AND IF IN FACT YOU'RE GOING TO WIN YOUR MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP AND OR MAKE A MARK IN AMERICA

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YES

PETER KESSLER
IN FIVE YEARS FROM NOW AT 42, IT'S PROBABLY TOO LATE TO BEGIN TO DO THAT. IF YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND MORE TIME HERE WILL YOU DO IT SOONER?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
UH THERE'S A FEW QUESTIONS IN ONE THERE. I THINK UH I THINK THAT I HAVE SAY 20 MAJORS LEFT, SAY, FIVE YEARS, FOUR. FOUR MAJORS A YEAR

PETER KESSLER
AND IT'S LAWRIE NOT LAUWREY.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
AND IT `IS' LAWRIE NOT LAUWREY. UH BUT WE'LL COME TO THAT AGAIN. UH. 20, 20 MAJORS LEFT UH SAY I'M GOING TO BE IN CONTENTION, HOPEFULLY 5 OR 6 OF THEM, SAY, AT LEAST. HOPEFULLY THE DOOR WILL OPEN ONCE. NOW WHETHER IT HAPPENS THIS WEEK OR WHETHER IT

HAPPENS DOWN THE ROAD IN APRIL OR IN JUNE OR IN JULY. I'M NOT UH I'M GETTING AT THE STAGE I'M, I'M NOT PICKY. I'LL TAKE EITHER AND ANYONE OF THEM UH UH WHEN I STARTED MY CAREER I WAS

PICKY. I WANTED TO WIN THE BRITISH OPEN, OF COURSE, ANY BRITISH GOLFER WOULD. BUT UH UH RIGHT NOW, ANY ONE WILL DO, SO I THINK THAT I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. I KNOW I'M GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TAKING IT, AND YOU MENTIONED THE

FACT THAT UH HOLING PUTTS ON SUNDAY, THAT'S A THING I JUST HAVEN'T DONE IN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. I HAVEN'T PRODUCED THE FORM THAT I HAVE IN

EUROPE. WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU GIVE ME THAT UH STAT OF MY STROKE AVERAGE IN EUROPE BEING 66 POINT SOMETHING, I MEAN THAT'S UH THAT'S OKAY. I DON'T KNOW IT BUT UH YOU KNOW THAT'S GOOD

AND NO WONDER I'VE WON SO MANY TIMES BECAUSE, BECAUSE YOU DO THAT ON SUNDAYS, YOU'RE GOING TO COME THROUGH EVEN 3 OR 4 SHOTS BEHIND AND WIN AND, AND UH THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING IN EUROPE AND I JUST WANT TO

TRY AND BRING THAT FORM OVER HERE AND I'VE DONE THAT A COUPLE OF TIMES BUT NOT ENOUGH.

PETER KESSLER
LET ME READ YOU A COUPLE OF QUOTES FROM HYMIE DIEZ IN A RECENT ISSUE OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. HE SAID IF MONTGOMERIE IS TRULY CONCERNED ABOUT HIS LEGACY, HE MUST RESPOND AS NICKLAUS AND PLAYER DID. HE NEEDS

TO GET TOUGH WITH REGARD TO SPECTATOR DISRUPTIONS

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YES

PETER KESSLER
TO ACHIEVE THAT BLESSED STATE MONTGOMERIE MUST DO TWO THINGS. FIRST HE HAS TO SUCK IT UP AND ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES, FAIR OR NOT, AND ISN'T THAT THE FIRST LESSON OF GOLF?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
AND SECOND, HE SHOULD COME TO THE U.S. BECAUSE EVERY INTERNATIONAL TOP GOLFER WHO HAS PLAYED LONG STINTS IN AMERICA HAS BEEN BETTER OFF FOR IT FROM BOBBY LOCK TO NICK FALDO

AND THIS SAYS MONTY GO WITH YOUR GUT. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CHANGE YOUR LEGACY. TEN YEARS FROM NOW YOU MAY NOT HAVE WON YOUR MAJOR OR EVEN A TOUR EVENT BUT AT LEAST

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SAY THAT YOU DIDN'T LEAVE ANYTHING IN THE BAG.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
I AGREE WITH THE FIRST STATEMENT ABOUT, ABOUT SUCKING IT UP AND GETTING ON WITH IT AND, AND THAT'S WHAT I WAS DOING AT THE RYDER CUP AND HAVE DONE SINCE.

THE SECOND STATEMENT THERE UH I DON'T QUITE. UNDERSTAND WHERE HE'S COMING FROM THERE BECAUSE FALDO CAME OVER HERE AFTER HE WON MAJORS. HE WON HIS MAJORS FROM EUROPE, SO DID LANGER, SO DID WOOSNAM, SO DID SEVE

UH SO DID OLAZABAL. THEY WEREN'T PLAYING HERE FULL TIME UH AND I WOULD LIKE TO TRY AND EMULATE THEM BY WINNING A MAJOR COMING FROM EUROPE, SHOWING THE STRENGTH OF OUR

EUROPEAN TOUR AS IT STANDS UH UH I FEEL THAT'S UH THAT'S WELL WITHIN REACH SO I DON'T FEEL I HAVE TO COME OVER HERE FULL TIME UH UH TO TRY AND TO TRY AND WIN A MAJOR. YES, THREE

OUT OF THE FOUR OF THEM ARE OVER HERE UH I AGREE BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I FEEL THAT UH WITH A LITTLE BIT OF FORTUNE I'D HAVE WON A COUPLE OF THEM BY NOW.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE SAY, COLIN'S CHILDREN ARE QUITE YOUNG AND IF HE WANTED TO WORK OUT A MORE MEANINGFUL SCHEDULE HERE, WHICH WOULD REALLY BE, LOOKING AT THE CALENDAR FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR THROUGH THE U.S. OPEN, AND TAKING GOOD CHUNKS OF TIME TO COME HOME

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
MMMM

PETER KESSLER
AND THEN OF COURSE PLAYING THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS IN AUGUST, THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS AND

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEN FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER YOU WOULDN'T NEED TO PLAY ANY TOURNAMENTS HERE. HOW DIFFERENT IS THAT FROM THE SCHEDULE THAT YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YES IT'S AN IDEA NOW THAT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS HAVE COME, COME UP I AM OVER HERE MORE OFTEN UH FOR INSTANCE THIS.. THIS TRIP'S 2 WEEKS AS OPPOSED TO NORMALLY ONE UH UH AND OF COURSE I COME OVER

FOR SAY BAY HILL AND TPC AND THEN I'LL TAKE, I'LL TAKE PROBABLY ATLANTA TOURNAMENT OFF AND THEN I GO TO AUGUSTA, SO I'M OVER HERE FOR A MONTH THEN AS WELL AND, AND UH

I FEEL I'VE GOT MY SCHEDULE. I'VE GOT THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. MY FAMILY AND MYSELF ARE BASED NOW IN SURREY, JUST OUTSIDE LONDON, AND THERE, WE'VE BEEN THERE 7 YEARS AND WE'RE VERY, VERY HAPPY

THERE. WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL HOME AND, AND UH AND UH 3 LOVELY KIDS AND A BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND I'M VERY, VERY HAPPY IN THAT SITUATION. UH I PLAY 14 TO 18 TOURNAMENTS IN EUROPE AND I

PLAY 8, 8 TO 9 TOURNAMENTS OVER HERE UH AND A FEW OTHER TOURNAMENTS WORLD WIDE. I FEEL I'VE GOT THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, PUTTING MY FAMILY FIRST, AND THAT'S WHAT I MUST DO AND HAVE DONE AND, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU SAID EARLIER IN THE SHOW THAT UNTIL YOU WIN A MAJOR YOU WON'T HAVE COMPLETED YOUR CAREER IN THE WAY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO. DO YOU

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
THINK THAT THE SCHEDULE THAT YOU JUST TOOK US THROUGH GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO DO THAT IN THE BEST WAY?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
WELL AS I SAID EARLIER, I MEAN IT'S HAPPENED FOR LANGER AND OLAZABAL AND WOOSNAM AND FALDO AND LYLE UH IT CAN HAPPEN FOR ME

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING SOFTLY)

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW. IF IT HAPPENS FOR THEM IT'LL HAPPEN FOR ME. I'M NOT UNIQUE IN TRYING TO DO THIS FROM EUROPE, RIGHT?
THESE PEOPLE WON, WON UH UH UH MAJOR TOURNAMENTS FROM EUROPE AND UH I'M OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO EMULATE THEM AT THE SAME TIME. YES I WOU.

I WOULD LIKE TO WIN A MAJOR. WHO WOULDN'T UH TO COMPLETE, THAT WOULD COMPLETE MY CAREER AS A WHOLE. YES THERE'S A, THERE'S ALWAYS, YES MONTY CAN PLAY BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S ALWAYS A GAP BECAUSE I HAVEN'T WON

A MAJOR, RIGHT? AND I'VE BEEN IN THE TOP TEN IN THE WORLD FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS OR WHATEVER IT IS AND, AND UH AND UH I HAVEN'T, HAVEN'T WON ONE UH I'VE BEEN CLOSE AND HOPEFULLY,

HOPEFULLY ONE DAY IT'LL HAPPEN BUT UH BUT UP UNTIL NOW IT HASN'T AND UH IT HASN'T EFFECTED ME THAT MUCH TO BE HONEST BECAUSE I'VE KEPT ON WINNING IN EUROPE SO IT'S OKAY, I'VE KEPT ON DOING STUFF, BUT UH

I'D LIKE TO WIN ONE, WHO WOULDN'T AND UH NO BETTER PLACE TO START THAN HERE.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A SHORT COMMERCIAL BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH COLIN MONTGOMERIE.

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