Monty Confidently Gingerly Heading to Wentworth

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Colin Montgomerie returns to the Wentworth Country Club following an inspired, yet painful performance in the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.
 
The 38-year-old Scot went head-to-head with Tiger Woods in Germany Monday. He took the world's No. 1 to a playoff, before succumbing on the third extra hole when his approach shot from a poor lie in a fairway bunker went wet.
 
Montgomerie is still seeking his first victory of the season, and, the way he's been playing of late, it may come at this week's Volvo PGA Championship.
 
Montgomerie has led or shared the lead in each of his last three starts. And, by the way, he's also a three-time winner of this event. Colin conquered this venue from 1998-2000.
 
An injury could hamper Montgomerie's chances of a fourth triumph. He battled throughout the week in Heidelberg with back pain. He took painkillers, received on-course treatment and almost withdrew on a couple of occassions.
 
Andrew Oldcorn is the man who ended Montgomeries reign in Surrey, England. The burly Scot carded a final-round 1-under 71 for a 16-under-par total of 272, and a two-shot victory over Argentine Angel Cabrera.
 
Funnily enough, this has always been a title I have wanted to win even more than the Open Championship. It is a very special event, said Oldcorn upon winning.
 
The victory was the 42-year-olds third on the European Tour, and his first since 1995. He also became the oldest player in tournament history to finish first. An Englishman by birth, Oldcorn considers himself a Scot, having been raised in Edinburgh.
 
Though Oldcorn is the reigning champion, Montgomerie is still the man who drives the Volvo PGA Championship. Hes also the Wizard of Wentworth. In addition to his three consecutive victories in the tours flagship event, Montgomerie won the 1999 Cisco World Match Play Championship at the very same venue.
 
Once again, an elite field will vie for the five-year tour exemption. Retief Goosen, Jose Maria Olazabal, Adam Scott and Michael Campbell join nine European Ryder Cuppers in attendance.
 
Full field and tee times for the Volvo PGA Championship