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Montgomerie targets first Senior Open win

Colin Montgomerie (Getty Images)
Colin Montgomerie (Getty Images)

Colin Montgomerie is back in the swing again after recovering from a serious ankle injury and is targeting Senior Open success this summer.

The Ryder Cup legend played his first competitive round earlier this month after tearing ligaments in February and is ready to step up his bid for his first Senior Claret Jug at the fifth attempt when the championship returns to Royal Porthcawl from July 27-30.

Since turning 50 in June 2013, Montgomerie has claimed three Senior Majors in the United States, but the Senior Open Championship remains infuriatingly elusive.

Monty was runner-up in Wales in 2014 when Bernhard Langer stormed to victory and finished third behind American Marco Dawson at Sunningdale 12 months later.

“It really is a fabulous event, and having been second in The Open at St Andrews and second in the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl, I would love to go one better,” said the eight-time European Tour number one.

“It is right on my radar – my number one target and the most important event on my calendar – and I am looking forward to it.”

An all-star line-up of Senior golfing legends will assemble at the classic Welsh links, with former Ryder Cup captains such as Langer and Montgomerie being joined by a host of Major winners from the past 40 years including Tom Watson, Ian Woosnam, John Daly, José Maria Olazábal and Fred Couples.

Welsh Government Economy Secretary, Ken Skates, said: “2017 is Wales’ Year of Legends – I’m delighted that we’re looking at welcoming back some of the golfing world’s biggest legends to Royal Porthcawl this summer.”

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