Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Westwood and Monty Still Have Major Targets

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Westwood and Monty Still Have Major Targets

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Finishing 10th and 34th in the Scottish Open is not exactly something which will have Tiger Woods and the rest shaking in their boots as they arrive for the Open.

Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie, however, head to Royal Troon with hopes high ( and glad the spotlight will not be on them as much as it has been in past years.

Westwood had a closing 65 at Loch Lomond but it still left him four strokes behind winner Thomas Levet.

The 31-year-old from Worksop said: "We have had Henmania and that's enough.

"Just keep it low-key, stay out of the way and not get caught up in the hype.

"It is probably the one time you should not do any interviews, but people who do not cover golf week in, week out, suddenly turn up and want a piece of you.

"This year I am not doing any and going into it fresh. I am going to be reclusive."

Going into it with confidence high makes a change too. When Westwood made the cut in last month's US Open it was the first time he had played all four rounds in a Major since the 2002 Masters.

With a three-year-old son and another baby due at the start of September, the former European number one, runner-up at the European Open eight days ago, has got his career back on track.

From world number four, he crashed outside the top 250, but now he looks a near-certainty to keep his Ryder Cup place in two months' time and that is good news for captain Bernhard Langer.

Montgomerie wants to prove he can still compete at the top level as well after 10 weeks dominated by the break-up of his marriage.

Forgetting that on Saturday his 76 was the worst round of anybody, the 41-year-old took the positives out of playing the other three rounds of the Scottish Open in nine under and nobody knows Royal Troon better than him.

It is the club where his father was secretary and where he has played since he was first allowed on at the age of 16. …

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