Monty Looks to Rebound on Home Turf


Johnny Walker Championship at GleneaglesJust a few days removed from the dramatic conclusion of the U.S. Open across the Atlantic in New York, the European Tour convenes in Perthshire, Scotland, for the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Despite coming a week after the year's second major, a strong field is set to tee it up, including Scotland's own Colin Montgomerie. A warm welcome is assured for Monty after yet another heart-breaking runner-up finish in the U.S. Open.
An up-and-down year thus far for Monty, his results are starting to show a return to form that elevated him to the top of the Order of Merit list last season for a record eighth time. He currently is third on the money list behind a pair of Englishmen - David Howell and Paul Casey.
As he must be pleased with his overall performance at Winged Foot, it will be interesting to see how Montgomerie will respond when he gets back on home soil. His best finish in this event was a fourth-place showing in 2003. Last year, Monty had to withdraw due to a hand injury.
Joining Monty in Scotland will be a stellar cast of Euros who made their presence felt at the U.S. Open, including breakout star Kenneth Ferrie and the aforementioned Casey. Ferrie, playing in the final group with Phil Mickelson, stumbled a bit down the stretch but came away from the event with a positive attitude.
'I'll wake up tomorrow when I get back home, sit down and look at things and analyze what happened,' he said following his round on Sunday. 'I'm sure I'll be really pleased with what I've done this week.'
This is the seventh playing of the event. Past winners include Warren Bennett (1999), Pierre Fulke (2000), Casey (2001), Adam Scott (2002), Soren Kjeldsen (2003), Miles Tunnicliffe (2004) and Emanuele Canonica last year.
Canonica in 2005 shot a 1-under 71 in the final round to earn his first-ever European Tour victory at the Johnnie Walker Championship.
The purse for the event is $2,580,000 with $430,000 going to the winner.
The Golf Channel will broadcast all four rounds beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.
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