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In search of major relief
Montgomerie has admitted as much about his own major futility on numerous occasions. And is spite of his magnificent wealth, his Slam shortcomings undoubtedly haunt an otherwise enormously successful career. Unlike most other modern sports bridesmaids (see Dan Marino, Karl Malone, etc), Montgomerie has neither teammates nor management to blame. His is a lonely burden. But not this week.
This week on his home soil, all of Scotland will be helping him shoulder his major monkey during what would represent the ultimate cathartic victory. Montgomerie has played Carnoustie more times than any player in the field. He holds a share of the course record (64), which he matched in the 1995 Scottish Open. A European hasn’t won a major since 1999 (Paul Lawrie), when the claret jug last visited Carnoustie. Virtually the entire golf world would smile if the game’s most decorated Scot would snap a pair of insufferable droughts come Sunday.
“I’m swinging the club the way I did in the mid- to late-“90s. I knew where the ball was going then; I do again,” Montgomerie said. “That gives me the confidence to hit the ball harder and longer and straighter. … I’m playing well enough. I have a chance, of course I do.”
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