Montgomerie Defends at Different Venue


Colin Montgomerie will defend his title at the French Open, but hell be doing so on a different course than that of a year ago.

Last year, Montgomerie carded a pair of eagles over his final five holes to claim his first victory of the 2000 season at Le Golf National in Paris, France.
This year, Monty and his mates will be playing the Lyon Golf Club in Villette dAnthon.
Once again, the 37-year-old Scotsman is seeking his first win of the season. However, unlike last year, he is far removed from the form that led to seven consecutive Order of Merit titles.
Montgomerie is coming off consecutive missed cuts at the U.S. Masters Tournament and last weeks Portuguese Open. It marked the first time since 1998 that Montgomerie missed back-to-back cuts.
Also in attendance are Paul Lawrie, who hasnt won since the 1999 British Open, Jean Van de Velde, Jose Maria Olazabal, Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera.
In addition to the title, Montgomerie can more than use the first-place prize. Mired in 60th place on the Order of Merit, the five-time Ryder Cupper is currently 11th on the 2001 European Ryder Cup standings.
Full field from the Novotel Perrier Open de France