Montgomerie motivated for Mauritian defence
Former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie is determined to defend his MCB Tour Championship trophy and end his year with a flourish as the European Senior Tour season draws to a close in Mauritius.
Montgomerie, who won last year’s title by three strokes, will tee it up on the Legend Course at Constance Belle Mare Plage tomorrow alongside South Africa’s David Frost. The Scotsman pipped Frost, who has won the event twice, to the title in 2015.
The 53 year old’s last appearance on the European Senior Tour was at the US Senior Open Championship in August, where he finished tied 11th, and Montgomerie is delighted to be teeing it up alongside his fellow members once again.
“It’s great coming out here and seeing the lads you used to play with,” said Montgomerie. “They’re good guys and they all love it here. Everyone is in a great frame of mind. We’re all in a good mood and the weather is fantastic; it’s easy to forget how bad it is at home, especially Scotland.
“All credit to Constance Hotels and to MCB for putting this tournament on, and all credit to the lads for coming down and supporting it in the way they do.
“I’m playing with David tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to that. I’m sure we’ll have a bit of a laugh as we go round.”
Montgomerie was victorious in Canada on the PGA TOUR Champions circuit in September, and hopes to add the MCB Tour Championship to his tally for the season.
“I’m hitting the ball quite well and I’m looking forward to it,” said Montgomerie. “I know my way around here now and I’ve been playing well over the last three months.
“I had my win in Canada and then a second and a third finish in my last three events, so things are picking up. The win was good for confidence, it was my first three-round win in the States – my others had been the four-rounders in the Majors, so it gives you the confidence to know you can do it.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to do something similar here.”
Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex winner Paul Broadhurst returns to Senior Tour action this week and the Englishman will be awarded the John Jacobs Trophy for finishing at the top of the Order of Merit after Sunday’s final round.
Although his name is already etched in Senior Tour history, Broadhurst insists that the John Jacobs Trophy is far from his thoughts.
“I’m not thinking of that at all,” said Broadhurst. “I had a dream before the season started that I was going to win twice, but I want to beat that and win three times this year.
“It doesn’t get any better in Europe than the field this week. We’ve got Monty, Frosty, [Esteban] Toledo, and Pricey [Phillip Price] and Doddy [Stephen Dodd] are in good form too. There have been a lot of new winners this year which is good for the Tour and it’s new competition for us.”
The groups for the first round are allocated by Order of Merit position, and Broadhurst is paired with Magnus P Atlevi, who will be officially named as the 2016 Senior Tour Rookie of the Year after the tournament finishes following his stellar debut season.
Tournament: MCB Tour Championship
Venue: Constance Belle Mare Plage, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius
Source: European Tour (Press Release)
Photo: Phil Inglis