Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Monty's Winging Back to Top Form

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Monty's Winging Back to Top Form

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Colin Montgomerie went into the second round of the US Open at Winged Foot today with a one-shot lead ( and armed with an inner belief an elusive first major title is still a possibility.

Montgomerie was rated a 120-1 outsider for the title this week and it was hard to argue with those odds given his last top-10 finish in the championship came when he finished second in 1997.

Since then the Scot has never threatened to claim the victory he was so close to achieving on three occasions in the 1990s and was considered by some as a spent force.

However, last year's second place behind Tiger Woods in the Open at St Andrews gave the 42-year-old renewed confidence and he went on to clinch a record eighth Order of Merit crown.

Now, in the 58th major of his career, Montgomerie finds himself on top of the leaderboard and the only player in the entire field to break par on the opening day.

He said: "It was nice to contend with Tiger at St Andrews on a course which was built for him 200 years before he was born. …

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