Monty Looking to Rekindle Old Magic


The European Tour makes its way west from South Africa to Singapore for the fifth edition of the Caltex Masters.
Part of a nine-week trek that takes the tour through nine different countries before getting back to continental Europe, the tournament welcomes back defending champion Colin Montgomerie.
The seven-time Order of Merit winner will be joined in the field by Lee Westwood, Thomas Bjorn and Trevor Immelman.
Montgomerie, whose victory here last year was his first European title since 2002, will be making his first start of the season. The 41-year-old Scotsman, who had his 10-year streak of winning at least one title on tour snapped in 2003, fired a splendid 7-under-par 65 last year to notch the come from behind victory. It was his 28th career win.
Westwood will also be making his first start of the year and hopes to try to get back into the winner's circle after being shutout in 2004. After his well chronicled fall into the golfing abyss following his breakout year in 2000, Westwood won twice in 2003 to get back into form.
Although lacking a victory last year, the 31-year-old Englishman did chalk up 8 top-10s as well as having a sensational Ryder Cup performance. His 4.5 points led the way for the Europeans' landslide victory at Oakland Hills.
Immelman, who came up short in his bid last week to win his third straight South African Airways Open, will be looking to add to his growing list of tour wins. After getting his maiden victory in 2003, the young South African notched two more titles last year and is currently 51st in the world rankings.
A pair of former champions, Lian-Wei Zhang and Arjun Atwal, are also slated to tee it up. Zhang defeated Ernie Els in a dramatic duel in 2003 to become the first Chinese golfer to win an official European Tour title. Atwal also made news with his victory the previous year as he became the first Indian to win on tour.
Now in its fifth year, the tournament has a $1,000,000 purse and is co-sanctioned by both the European Tour and the Asian Tour.
This will be the third year the tournament is played at the Laguna Resort and Country Club, just minutes from the Changi airport.
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