Proud Montgomerie Welcomes World to Family Home at Troon
TROON, Scotland (AP) — The latest from the British Open.
Colin Montgomerie will wake at 4.30 a.m. on Thursday, make the short trip in the dark to Royal Troon and welcome the golfing world to his family home.
In front of his 86-year-old father, Montgomerie will hit the first shot at the 145th — and possibly his last — British Open and then walk the links course he calls his own.
Montgomerie says "this is where I started playing. This is home."
The 53-year-old Montgomerie is playing in his first Open Championship in six years after getting through qualifying. He has said he won't attempt to qualify again, so this could be his last shot at the claret jug.
The Scot took his first golf shot at Troon as a 6-year-old and his childhood home is on a street next to the course. He is an honorary member and his father, James, is a past secretary and will soon be the club's president.