Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Monty questions McIlroy build-up

Colin Montgomerie and Rory McIlroy (right)

Colin Montgomerie believes it would have been in Rory McIlroy's best interest to play an event before next week's Open at Sandwich.

Golf's newest superstar decided to take three weeks off after his amazing eight-shot victory at the US Open last month.

"I can understand two out of three, but I would like to have seen him play a competitive tournament between the two majors," said Montgomerie.

"He's so natural I don't think there are any fears about his game, but it's the locker room - there are going to be so many people wanting to congratulate him.

"Whether it was the French or the Scottish Open he could have got that out of his system and out of the way so he can start the Open afresh.

"Now he's got that ahead of him and on the first tee I think he will be mentally tired - but who am I to say?"

Montgomerie, of course, has never won a major and as things stand he is not even in the field next week - his last opportunity is to finish in the top five at Castle Stuart near Inverness this week.

"I hope he does well - of course I do - and I think he will contend," added the veteran Scot.

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