Sjoland Looks for Defense Monty for Relief


Patrik Sjoland hopes to get his game back on track at this weeks Murphys Irish Open.
Following his win at last years event ' when he was victorious by two strokes over Fredrik Jacobson ' the 30-year-old Swede hasnt come close to duplicating the accomplishment.
He either missed the cut or was disqualified on five different occasions following his win in 2000, and this year, he has yet to record one top-10 finish.
In 2001, Sjolands best finish is a tie for 12th at the Benson and Hedges International Open. However, he has either withdrawn or missed the cut four times in 13 events.
He will have to contend with quite a few of Europes best this week if he is to make it back-to-back wins.
Last weeks winner of the Great North Open, Andrew Coltart is in the field. So too is Andrew Oldcorn, Darren Clarke, Adam Scott, Thomas Bjorn and Colin Montgomerie.
Monty is another desperately looking to jumpstart his game.
The former seven-time winner of the money title in Europe, Montgomerie this year has found no success to speak of, and is coming under the gun from the International press.
For the year, the 37-year-old Scot has recorded just two top-10 finishes in nine events, and has missed two cuts.
At 13th on the current Ryder Cup points ranking, he is in danger of not automatically qualifying for the European team, which would mark the first time since 1991 that he did not do so.
A winners check this week of 266,660 euro would help his chances, as it would for several others.