Montgomerie Loses His Cool as Pressure Tells
Byline: MICHAEL MCDONNELL
COLIN MONTGOMERIE'S frustration boiled over yesterday with an angry outburst that shocked fans as he crashed out of the Players Championship after two rounds.
Europe's top money-winner furiously hurled his ball into a lake in front of the fourth green after dropping a stroke and he growled sarcastically: 'I really enjoyed that!' He was furious that his approach shot had landed six feet from the hole but then spun back to the water's edge and he could only jab the ball forward 20 feet past the hole and miss the return putt.
He was clearly disgusted at his misfortune and as he walked off towards the next tee declared loudly: 'That was the perfect shot.' What bothered the Surrey-based Scot was that he seemed unable to shake off the poor play that had dogged his opening round over the Stadium Course, when he had scored a two-over-par 74.
After that effort he said: 'I made too many mistakes and I've got no excuses. It was very, very poor play, especially with the short irons. I just made mistakes from good positions.' That pattern continued in the second round as he failed constantly to find the touch that would move him up the leaderboard and slumped to another 74 for a 148 total. …