Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Monty Inspired by Self Criticism

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Monty Inspired by Self Criticism

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Colin Montgomerie has revealed how "a kick up the backside" inspired him to finish second to Tiger Woods in the Open at St Andrews.

Despite his heroics in the Ryder Cup, Montgomerie finished 2004 ranked a lowly 81st in the world and with his personal life in turmoil following his divorce from wife Eimear after 14 years.

For the second year in succession he had finished outside the top 20 on the Order of Merit, enjoying just four top 10s all season and failing even to qualify for the US Open.

The 42-year-old Scot then also failed to qualify for the US Masters this season and became embroiled in a long-running rules controversy following his incorrect drop in the Indonesian Open in March.

But the former European number one was determined to get back into the world's top 50 as soon as possible, and the top 25 by the end of the year, and gave himself a stern talking to.

"I had a chat to myself, `What am I doing here, what's going on, what's happening, what do I want to do? …

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