Colin Montgomerie, who brought the curtain down on another splendid season by winning the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius on Sunday, will now return to his Perthshire home and spend the winter months hatching a cunning plan to correct the one “major” omission on his CV as a senior golfer.
It promises to be an assignment designed to excite the spectating public, who can now buy reduced-price advance tickets to attend the 2016 Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at the iconic Carnoustie links on 21-24 July.
“Winning this one would be the icing on the cake,” declared the 52-year-old, who cannot wait to take up the test of matching the demands of a layout where he set the course record of 64 in the Scottish Open 20 years ago – an achievement which stands to this day.
“It’s one of the ‘big three’ Senior titles. I’ve been lucky enough to win the US Senior Open and US PGA Senior titles but I am looking forward to this one, especially as it’s the first time I’ve played in the Senior Open in Scotland following Royal Birkdale, Royal Porthcawl and Sunningdale.”
Montgomerie, who plans to make the daily 50-minute commute from his home to the Angus venue, added: “I love Carnoustie and I recall that eight under par 64 I shot on the opening day of the Scottish Open in 1995.
“The course is always in superb condition, and it’s a wonderful celebration of golf. It’s great that a legend like Tom Watson will be back where he won The Open in 1975 and Bernhard Langer will try to repeat his Senior Open win in 2010.”
Early-bird tickets costing £20 per day and just £60 for a weekly season are available until 10 January by visiting: tickets.europeantour.co or by calling 01344 850550.