Montgomerie to carry Olympic torch in Scotland


Colin Montgomerie is unlikely to represent Scotland in golf's return to the Olympics in 2016, but he will get to carry the Olympic torch for the 2012 Olympics.

Montgomerie will be among the more than 700 torchbearers who will guide the Olympic flame through Scotland in a week-long tour which starts Friday. 

On Monday, Montgomerie will carry the flame through Petercutler, a suburb of the city of Aberdeen, beginning at 6:24 p.m., British Standard Time. 

“I am very honored to be asked to take part in the Olympic torch relay, especially given that golf will be an Olympic sport in 2016,' Montgomerie said, according to the Aberdeen Evening Express.

Montgomerie was selected, in part, because of his charity work in the area. Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, was not asked to carry the torch despite pulling out of next week's U.S. Open. Lawrie lives in the Aberdeen city.

The torch returns to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, England, on July 27 for the opening ceremony.