Montgomerie warns majors arent a given for McIlroy


Like a wet blanket, Colin Montgomerie rained on the parade of hopeful wishes for resilience from young Rory McIlroy after he shot 8-over 80 in the final round of the Masters to finish 10 shots off of the winning total of Charl Schwartzel.

The Express in the U.K. transcribed Monty’s comments for Sky Sports after the loss.

The first part sounds pretty much like what anyone else was saying for and about Rory.

“I hope he has as many sympathetic voices in his ear as possible,” said Montgomerie, who watched from Sky Sports’ commentary booth. “It’s going to be a very difficult few months – I hope he gets the support he requires for his career to move forward from this. This is a huge learning curve for Rory.

“It took me a few months to get over the 2006 U.S. Open. That was my fault and Rory must feel the same. But he has to take positives out of it. He only lost the lead with eight holes to go, that has to be a positive at 21 years old.”

The second part, though? Well, judge for yourself.

But Montgomerie warns there are no guarantees McIlroy will win a (m)ajor, adding: “You can never say that. We said that Sergio Garcia would win (m)ajors.”

Let’s hope McIlroy never turns into Sergio Garcia in any fashion – his attitude in defeat, major record or fickle form.