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Montgomerie says 10 is his target

Montgomerie says 10 is his target

Colin Montgomerie is shooting for the number 10.
The 43-year-old Scot wants to win 10 European Orders of Merit _ he already has eight _ and would like to return to the top 10 in the world rankings.
Montgomerie starts the defense Thursday of his Dunhill Links title at three Scottish courses. Last year's victory helped him qualify for the Ryder Cup and was instrumental in his last Order of Merit title.
He will play a round with an amateur at the Old Course at St. Andrews, at Carnoustie, at Kingsbarns, before playing the final 18 holes at St. Andrews on Sunday if he makes the top-60 cut.
"I'd like to get to 10, somehow," Montgomerie said Wednesday of the Order of Merit. "I'd like to get to double figures and then I would stop."
He knows that will be difficult with his relative lack of distance from tees and fairways.
"It's getting very, very tough with the young guys hitting the ball a mile," he said. "It's getting difficult for me to compete. But if I can, I'll give it a go."
Montgomerie is seventh this year in the European money-order list _ some euro800,000 ($1 million) behind leader Paul Casey _ but he is not writing off his chances of overtaking the Englishman.
"If I win here again this week and at the Volvo Masters in three weeks, I could do it," he said.
Montgomerie entered the top 10 last year after his late-season form, but has since slipped to 14th.
"I have eight or nine good tournaments left, so I'm looking forward to getting started this week," he said of his other top-10 aim.
The Scot admitted that he is battling fatigue _ ahead of his fifth straight event _ after the exertions of the Ryder Cup in which he beat David Toms to open the singles.
"Having to go out first again in the singles took a lot out of me," he said. "The pressure involved, the expectation involved, that was a great strain on me to have to try and achieve that.
"That's why you didn't see me on the balcony celebrating with the team _ I was downstairs shattered."
Casey, who won the World Match Play and three points in the Ryder Cup, also felt tired during last week's Amex Championship at The Grove, where he tied 56th.
"I had no energy. I had nothing left to give," he said.
David Howell is second on the Merit Order, but has a shoulder injury that may affect him this week.
Ten of Europe's team are here _ only Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald are missing.
No. 5 Vijay Singh is playing, as is No. 6 Ernie Els, whose fifth placing at the Amex was encouraging.
"I found something in my swing. Now I have just got to hole some more putts," Els said.


Updated : 2021-04-14 12:01 GMT+08:00