Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Birdie Blitz Shows Monty Isn't Ready to Give Up on Ryder Cup Quest

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Birdie Blitz Shows Monty Isn't Ready to Give Up on Ryder Cup Quest

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Byline: DAVID SMITH

DAVID SMITH Golf Correspondent COLIN MONTGOMERIE is refusing to let go of his Ryder Cup dream. After a poor season by his high standards, the Scot went into todays opening round of the US PGA Championship knowing only a spirited display would haul him into the reckoning for Nick Faldos team and two birdies in his first three holes proved he was up for the fight.

At 45, Montgomerie is desperate to make a ninth Cup appearance when Europe begin the defence of their trophy at Valhalla on 19 September.

And clearly he felt at home at Oakland Hills, the so-called Monster course on the outskirts of Detroit, where, in 2004, he contributed three points to Europes Cup victory over the United States.

Montgomerie dropped a shot at his first hole, the par-four 10th. But he refused to let his head drop and successive birdies at the 11th and 12th took him to one under and, at that stage, just one shot shy of the lead. He gave another shot back to the course at the 501-yards par-four 14th but at level par approaching the turn, he was still only two behind outright leader Robert Karlsson.

The Swede (right), the only player to have top-10 finishes in the three previous majors this season, played his first six holes in two under. But it was an adventurous ride.

He made double bogey on the first hole but birdied the next three. A birdie at the sixth hole put him in a share of the lead with John Mallinger, Jeev Milka Singh and DJ Trahan. …

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