James Corrigan: Henman's fist pump brings out Monty's major flaw

View From The Sofa: Dunhill Links Championship, Sky Sports

Tim Henman knew what Colin Montgomerie was doing wrong in his opening 73. "He was the only pro whose ball was bobbling up and down on the greens," so the former British No 1 player who never quite won a Grand Slam told Tony Johnstone.

The Zimbabwe professional, working for Sky Sports last week, fully agreed and surmised that perhaps the former British No 1 golfer, who never quite won a major, needed less loft on his putter face. Sat next to Johnstone, Richard Boxall sounded concerned. "Henman didn't tell Monty that did he?" he asked. With that, silence fell over the Sky commentary booth as they envisaged the devastation if Tiger Tim had indeed passed on to Mongoose Monty a golfing tip, as three-putt followed three-putt.

Ever seen Kill Bill? Just substitute the samurai sword for a four-iron. But on no account imagine Monty in Uma Thurman's yellow jumpsuit.

Fortunately, Henman is not that stupid or brave and kept his own counsel as far as anything to do with his partner's game was concerned. Not that he wasn't qualified to pass judgement. One newspaper reported that in the first round of the Dunhill Links around Carnoustie, Henman outscored Montgomerie by six strokes. Granted, the forward tees the amateur tees used did make the beast of Angus around 600 yards shorter. But six strokes?

Henman is no hacker. In fact, since his retirement he probably has more time to play golf than Montgomerie, who seemingly spends every weekend at home. A member at Sunningdale, Henman plays off scratch and takes it very, very seriously. As Johnstone said, it is possible to recognise a keen amateur if they are prepared to fly up their own caddie to Scotland. With the airlines now charging exorbitant rates, most of us cannot be bothered to fly up our own clubs.

It proved well worth the expense, however, as Henman was the non-paid star of the opening two days of this glorified pro-am, which allows us the privilege of checking out the swings of Hugh Grant and Huey Lewis on an annual basis. Well, Henman was actually the non-paid star who was televised. The incredible one-legged Manuel de los Santos would obviously have overshadowed everybody, but apart from the occasional fleeting glimpse, Sky chose to cover the A-Listers on the first few days. (Incidentally, if you still haven't seen De los Santos hit a golf ball call it up on YouTube. It will make you feel yet more ashamed of your duck-hook.)

So step forward Tim and step backward Colin. There wasn't a Sampras in sight and nothing was stopping him.

His highlight came on Friday on the penultimate hole at St Andrews. Henman birdied the most feared hole in golf, going straight for the pin and rolling in the seven-footer. His little fist pump brought back a few memories, as did the wild, but refined applause on the little hill behind the green. Sir Matthew Pinsent, also in the fourball, ran up and hugged Henman and there was euphoria all round. What Fred Perry would have made of it, one could only wonder.

But hang about, where was Monty in these celebrations? Wouldn't it have made Henman's career golfing moment that bit more special if the eight-time Europe No 1 had been there to hold him aloft? Monty was out of the picture. He had just double-bogeyed the hole and cannot have been in any mood to high-five an amateur who was making him look stupid. They don't call him golf's finest team player for nothing, you know.

Arts and Entertainment
books
Voices
Caustic she may be, but Joan Rivers is a feminist hero, whether she likes it or not
voicesShe's an inspiration, whether she likes it or not, says Ellen E Jones
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and the Dalek meet
tvReview: Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Sport
Diego Costa
footballEverton 3 Chelsea 6: Diego Costa double has manager purring
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
3D printed bump keys can access almost any lock
techSoftware needs photo of lock and not much more
Arts and Entertainment
The 'three chords and the truth gal' performing at the Cornbury Music Festival, Oxford, earlier this summer
music... so how did she become country music's hottest new star?
Life and Style
The spy mistress-general: A lecturer in nutritional therapy in her modern life, Heather Rosa favours a Byzantine look topped off with a squid and a schooner
fashionEurope's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln
News
Dr Alice Roberts in front of a
peopleAlice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Star turns: Montacute House
tv
News
i100Steve Carell selling chicken, Tina Fey selling saving accounts and Steve Colbert selling, um...
Arts and Entertainment
Unsettling perspective: Iraq gave Turner a subject and a voice (stock photo)
booksBrian Turner's new book goes back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
News
The Digicub app, for young fans
advertisingNSPCC 'extremely concerned'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Some of the key words and phrases to remember
booksA user's guide to weasel words
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
Aston Villa vs Hull match preview: Villa were not surprised that Ron Vlaar was a World Cup star

Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef ekes out his holiday in Italy with divine, simple salads

Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

Our chef presents his own version of Italian dishes, taking in the flavours and produce that inspired him while he was in the country
The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution