Montgomerie battles to keep scandal at bay - Golf - Sport - The Independent

Montgomerie battles to keep scandal at bay

In the morning he was apologising for "the hurt I have caused my family"; in the afternoon Colin Montgomerie was moving into contention for the Wales Open. Of all the bizarre days which have filled this Scot's career very few have rivalled the one witnessed yesterday.

The billing had said Montgomerie would be at the venue of the Ryder Cup checking out the Europeans who may or may not make his side in four months' time. As it proved he was here facing questions about the private-life confession he made in a national newspaper. For five hours on a Twenty Ten Course bathed in sunshine he was able to stall becoming still further submerged in yet another extra-marital scandal involving a high-profile golfer.

Smiling as if he did not have a care in the world, the 47-year-old shot a second successive 70 to stand on two-under, four off Marcel Siem and Andrew Dodt. As he said "it's been the first time I've been up there for a while". But the press corps inevitably wanted to focus on what it said in the Daily Mirror, not on the leaderboard.

"I've said everything I have to say," said Montgomerie, after initially refusing to talk about the story with Sky Sports. "The crowd were very supportive and it's up to Gaynor [Knowles, his wife] and I to work things out. That's what we are doing and we are looking forward to welcoming everybody here to Wales in October with a win." When asked if it would have an impact on his captaincy he replied: "No, not at all. Not one bit."

A little earlier Thomas Bjorn – in third on five-under – had effectively said the same in his role of chairman on the Players Committee. Why should it have any impact? Well, cynics will point out how Montgomerie has repeatedly stressed the importance of the wives at the Ryder Cup. Furthermore when commenting on Tiger Woods' own problems he pointed out how awkward the world No 1 may feel in this atmosphere. Montgomerie can only pray he does not come in for even a thousandth of the scrutiny that Woods has been under. Monty is not in Tiger's league fame-wise – but the timing is awful.

Inevitably the big man's predicament would overshadow the second round. But there were sporting storylines daring to divert a little of the attention. Luke Donald followed up a 75 with a 65 to move to two-under, so further cementing his reputation as the new comeback man of golf, having prevailed in Madrid on Sunday, a week after blowing the BMW PGA Championship.

While Donald was celebrating golf's topsy-turvy nature, it had left Paul Lawrie in utter despair. The 1999 Open champion was on four-under and in fourth when he came to his 10th hole (the second). On the par five in three, Lawrie managed to take eight putts before eventually signing up for an 11. In the space of a few minutes he had dropped 60 places and was heading home. "Ridiculous," said the Scot as he reflected on putting off the green twice into a hollow and taking a few more to get back up the hill. "Quite ridiculous." It summed up the day.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen